After a stellar year in 2021, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce opened her 2022 season with a second-place finish in the women’s 200m at the Velocity Fest 11, a World Athletics Continental Tour Challenger Series meet, at the National Stadium in Kingston on Saturday.
The 2008 and 2012 Olympic 100m champion who came back from childbirth to win the 2019 World 100m title, completed the 200m trip in 22.79 seconds.
After an explosive start, the Elite Performance sprinter quickly covered the field coming off the turn but looked very casual in the final part of the race and Bahamian Anthonique Strachan of MVP Track Club stormed through for the victory in a season’s best 22.55 seconds.
Natasha Morrison, also of MVP Track Club, finished third in 23.06.
Tokyo Olympic Games 100m bronze medallist Shericka Jackson, who was listed to compete, was a no show.
Fraser-Pryce described the effort “as a good run.”
“I’m feeling good,” Fraser-Pryce said. “The aim was to come out here today and get a run-in.”
Antonio Watson of Racers Track Club clocked 20.56 seconds to win the men’s race. Kishane Thompson of MVP Track Club finished second in a personal best of 20.92 seconds while Andel Miller of Eagles Track Club was third in 20.97.
Earlier, Olympic champion Hansle Parchment of Pelicans Track Club opened his season with a world leading 13.20 seconds in the men’s 100m hurdles.
Rasheed Broadbell of Elite Performance, who led the race, was no match for the fast-starting Parchment in the final stages and had to settle for second place in 13.31.
Michael O’Hara of Legacy Athletics was well beaten into third place despite a personal best of 13.52.