Monday February 18, 2013
Ahoure upstages Olympic star Fraser-Pryce
BIRMINGHAM: Olympic sprint champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce was upstaged in her first appearance at an indoor meeting, finishing second behind Murielle Ahoure in the 60m at the Birmingham Grand Prix on Saturday.
The race was hyped as the resumption of the rivalry between Fraser-Pryce and world 100 champion Carmelita Jeter, but Ahoure powered clear to win in a personal-best time of 6.99 seconds.
“My goal is obviously the world championship outdoors, so we’ve just been training for the 100 meters,” said Ahoure of the Ivory Coast, who finished seventh in the Olympic final last year. “It’s so cool to come out here in the middle of training and drop a time like this, it’s crazy. It tells me it’s going to be a really, really good year.”
Fraser-Pryce ran 7.09, with Jeter coming fourth in 7.18 behind her compatriot from the United States, Barbara Pierre.
US sprinter Michael Rodgers ran a season-best time of 6.53 to win the men’s 60m, holding off Nesta Carter of Jamaica. Antoine Adams of St. Kitts and Nevis was third.
Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia attempted to light up one of the biggest indoor meets of the year by breaking the world record in the women’s 1,500m but came up short by 2.5 seconds after a solo run from halfway. — AFP