Doha: Fraser-Pryce made to work hard for 100m win

Nickel Ashmeade produced something of a surprise in the men’s 200m as he defeated his 24-year-old contemporary and fellow Jamaican Warren Weir with a time of 20.13.

DOHA – Friday, May 9, 20-14 – Jamaica’s Olympic and World champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce earned an expected victory in the 100m at the opening IAAF Diamond League meeting of the season in Doha, crossing the line in 11.13 on Friday (9).gogoexam

However, after getting away to her customary smart start, she was pushed to the line by the taller athlete running one lane outside her, Blessing Okagbare.

The Nigerian who took 200m bronze at last year’s IAAF World Championships clocked 11.18, with third place going to Fraser-Pryce’s compatriot Kerron Stewart in 11.25.

The women’s 800m provided similarly compelling racing as Kenya’s 2013 World champion Eunice Sum bided her time before letting loose over the final 200 metres to win in 1:59.33, a 2014 world-leading time.

The flowing Kenyan was chased home by the USA’s 2014 IAAF World Indoor Championships winner Chanelle Price, whose reward was a personal best of 1:59.75.

World 400m champion LaShawn Merritt equalled his own 2014 world leading mark of 44.44.

The American was chased home down the final straight by five men virtually running in a line.

Second place went to Youssef Ahmed Masrahi, of Saudi Arabia, who clocked 44,77, with Czech Republic’s 2014 World Indoor champion Pavel Maslak third in a national record of 44.79.

Kenya’s double Olympic champion Ezekiel Kemboi produced another 2014 world-leading performance as his burst of speed around the final bend saw him win the 3000m steeplechase in 8:04.12, with the 2008 Olympic champion, fellow Kenyan Brimin Kipruto, finishing second in 8:04.64, ahead of fellow countryman Paul Kipsiele Koech, who clocked 8:05.47 for third. Kenyans filled the first eight places.

Nickel Ashmeade produced something of a surprise in the men’s 200m as he defeated his 24-year-old contemporary and fellow Jamaican Warren Weir with a time of 20.13.

The taller, more powerful figure of Ashmeade, running in lane seven, held a couple of strides lead in the final straight as Weir crossed the line in 20.31.

USA’s 2013 World champion David Oliver finished comfortably clear of 2012 European champion Sergey Shubenkov in the 110m hurdles, clocking 13.23 to the Russian’s 13.38.

As expected, Valerie Adams, shot put’s world and Olympic champion, maintained her dominance in the event with a winning effort of 20.20m.

Adams put her heavy stamp on the shot put with her first effort, effectively securing her a 47th successive competition victory, a record that stretches back to August 2010.70-646

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