DOHA – Olympic gold medallist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce won the women’s 200m in 22.48 seconds at the season’s first Diamond League meet held in Doha, Qatar, this evening.
Her Jamaican compatriot Sherone Simpson finished second in 22.73, followed by France’s Myriam Soumare who crossed the line in 22.87.
“Overall, I’m just happy to come away with a win,” Fraser-Pryce said. “Today I didn’t run according to how I wanted but still came out with a victory. That made me happy. There is a lot more room for improvement in the 200, and I’m looking forward to more races to see how best I can put a complete race together.”
World and Olympic champion David Rudisha also cruised to victory in the 800 metres at Doha today.
The Kenyan’s time of 1 minute, 43.87 seconds was significantly slower than the 1:40.91 he ran to break the world record at the 2012 London Olympics.After the pacemaker retired midway through the race, Rudisha surged to the front and was never threatened. He beat Mohammed Aman by more than a half second, avenging a loss to the Ethiopian at a Diamond League event in Zurich last year.
“I feel good. I was relaxing today,” Rudisha said. “It was the beginning of the season and it was first race, so there was no pressure. (Aman) defeated me in the last race of the season, and it was good to do something at least in the beginning of the season to give me more confidence.”
Two Americans broke meet records in the first of the 14-leg championship. Olympic women’s long jump champion Britney Reese leapt 7.25 metres, and Ryan Whiting threw 22.28 metres in a men’s shot put event in which Olympic gold medallist Tomasz Majewski finished sixth.††