Three-time Olympic gold medallist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce continued her red-hot form this year by clocking an impressive 10.70 seconds to win her first-round 100m race on Thursday’s first day of the Jamaica trials at the National Stadium.
The 10.70 clocking came just under a week after she equalled her world-leading time of the year in winning the 100m in 10.67 seconds at the Diamond League meet in Paris to become the only woman to ever break 10.70 seconds before July 1 in any year.
The run on Thursday confirmed her status as the big favourite to win the gold medal at the World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Oregon.
Briana Williams was well beaten into second place in 10.98 seconds, and Remona Burchell finished third in 11.16 to secure the third and final automatic qualifying spot into the semi-finals.
The 35-year-old Fraser-Pryce, who is the reigning World champion, will go for a 10th world championship gold medal in Eugene, Oregon, next month.
As the current reigning World champion in the women, Fraser-Pryce has a wild card entry to the event in Oregon and there is no guarantee that she will turn up for the semi-finals.
As a result of Fraser-Pryce’s wild card entry, Jamaica will have four women in the 100m in Oregon.
Elaine Thompson-Herah wins her first-round heat of the women’s 100m.
Double Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson-Herah won her first-round heat in 11.02 seconds to beat Natasha Morrison who clocked a season’s best 11.10 seconds.
Thompson-Herah is second in the world way back at 10.79 on the Eugene track that will stage the World Athletics Championships Oregon22.
Shericka Jackson, who won the bronze medal behind Thompson-Herah and Fraser-Pryce at the Tokyo Olympics, finished second in her first-round heat behind Kemba Nelson.
The University of Oregon sprinter won in 10.97 seconds while Jackson clocked 10.98.
Shashalee Forbes (11.23), Natalliah Whyte (11.37) and Kevona Davis (11.41) have also secured automatic quyalifying spots into the semi-finals.
The semi-finals and final are scheduled for Friday’s second day.
Earlier, Kimberly Williamson won the women’s high jump final to secure her seventh national title.
Williamson, who is ranked 13th in the world, took the victory by clearing 1.88m to dethrone the defending champion and national record holder Lamara Distin of Texas A&M University.
Distin who is ranked third in the world had to settle for second place with an effort of 1.85m after failing to clear 1.88m with her three attempts.
Shiann Salmon clocked a new personal best 54.10 seconds to book her spot in Friday’s final of the women’s 400m hurdles.
The 54.10 seconds handed Salmon a comfortable victory in the first semi-final. She enters the final with the fastest qualifying time.
Andrenette Knight, who finished second behind Salmon, is the second fastest qualifier with 54.55 seconds.
Janieve Russell, the reigning champion, is also safely through to the final after easily taking the second semi-final in 55.04 seconds, the fourth fastest qualifying time.
Jaheel Hyde is the quickest qualifier going into the men’s 400m hurdles final with 49.58 seconds.
Kemar Mowatt is the second quickest with 49.99 seconds.
The Jamaica trials will decide the athletes who will represent the country at the July 14 to 24 athletics showcase.
The trials will also decide teams for two other senior competitions and a junior competition. These are the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England from July 28 to August 8, the NACAC Senior Championships in Freeport, The Bahamas from August 19-21 and the World Athletics Under-20 Championships in Cali, Colombia from August 1-6.
The top three athletes in each event will qualify for Oregon, provided they have set the world standard.