KINGSTON –– Jamaica’s pocket rocket, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, grabbed the headlines at the 29th edition of the Atletica Mondiale meeting in Padua yesterday, when she broke Merlene Ottey’s meeting record in the 100m.
Just three days after winning at the IAAF Diamond League final in Zurich, the double Olympic 100m champion and seven-time World Championships gold medallist clocked 10.98 into a -0.8m/s headwind to take one hundredth of a second off Ottey’s mark.
“It was a big surprise to hear that I broke Ottey’s meeting record. I did not know about that,” said Fraser-Pryce. “I was excited to be here. I hope to have the chance to come back to compete in this meeting next year.”
Natasha Morrison finished fourth in a time of 11.05 seconds.
In the men’s 100m, Qatar’s world indoor bronze medallist, Femi Ogunode, improved Nesta Carter’s meeting record by clocking 10.07 into a -1.1m/s headwind, edging Worlds finalist Mike Rodgers (10.12).
Carter, whose previous meeting record was 10.09, had to settle for third place in 10.34.
“I feel good about breaking the meeting record, but I wanted to run faster,” said Ogunode, who holds the Asian record of 9.91.
Rasheed Dwyer was fourth overall after winning heat one with 10.37 seconds, while Julian Forte, who was last in heat two in 10.56, finished eighth overall.