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Fraser-Pryce Clocks 100m World Lead at Diamond League Meet in Silesia

Fraser-Pryce Clocks 100m World Lead at Diamond League Meet in Silesia

The Memorial Kamila Skolimowska at Silesia Stadium in Chorzow, the first ever Diamond League meeting to take place on Polish soil, was highlighted by nine meeting records and six Polish all-comers records.

Five-time 100m world champion Shelly Ann Fraser Pryce improved her fastest time in the world this year in the women’s 100 metres by 0.01 to 10.66 to win for the second consecutive year on the blue track of the Slaski Stadium in Chorzow.

Shelly Ann Fraser Pryce: “I always come into races expecting to run fast. Last year I set a meeting record here. Now it is a Diamond League and it is a lot more competitive with many top athletes. I came here prepared it may be cold or raining, but it was not so bad. It actually got warmer later in the day. Last year I felt a lot of pressure on me and this year I decided to just have fun. It is amazing to be this consistent. I am always excited to compete and see what I can do”.  

Aleia Hobbs dipped under the 11 seconds with 10.94 to take second place ahead of Marie Josée Ta Lou (11.00). Gina Luckenkemper from Germany was the best European sprinter in fourth place in 11.10 ahead of Olympic 4×100 champion Briana Williams from Jamaica (11.11).

Women’s 200 metres:

World 200 metres champion Shericka Jackson won the women’s 200 metres in 21.84 ahead of world 400 metres champion Shaunae Miller Uibo from Bahamas (22.35) and world 4×100 gold medallist Jenna Prandini (22.39).

Shericka Jackson: “The race went according to plan. I just wanted to execute, focus on my lane and not look at what my rivals were doing. I approach all my races like that. I am not thinking about the world record”.

Men’s pole vault:

Pole vault world record holder Armand Duplantis from Sweden set the meeting record of 6.00m in the first attempt before clearing 6.10m at the third time of asking.

Armand Duplantis: “When I woke up today, I was like – it is a little unfortunate with the weather. Especially because the last two days, the temperature was like 32 degrees, sunny and warm. But it is as it is. It would be nice to have that today. I like the way I was able to jump today. I don’t think I could have jumped very much higher today. I did not have enough speed to get even higher. The last one I had, it was a really good technical jump. I cannot complain at all. There are not so many places where it is colder and I still jump 6.10m. The 6.10m sounds nice. There was no special reason for this height. I was even surprised to jump 6.10m and…

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