LONDON, England, CMC – World champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce was handed a solid defeat ahead of her title defence in Daegu later this month, when American Carmelita Jeter won the 100 metres at the Aviva London Grand Prix on Saturday. The Jamaican Fraser-Pryce started well but faded in the latter stages to finish third in 11.10 seconds, as Jeter took the victory in 10.93 seconds on the second and final day of the 12th Diamond League meet at Crystal Palace.
Jeter, the fastest woman in the world this year with 10.70 seconds, finished second to Fraser-Pryce at the World Championships in Berlin two years ago.
Trinidadian Kelly-ann Baptiste, meanwhile, further enhanced her growing credentials when she finished second in 10.97 seconds.
The 24-year-old, who won the Paris Diamond League last month in 10.91 seconds, outclassed Fraser-Pryce and Jamaicans Schillonie Calvert, who finished fourth in 11.23 seconds and Aleen Bailey who was seventh in 11.36.
In the men’s 200 metres, Jamaican Warren Weir clocked a personal best 20.43 seconds to follow home American Walter Dix (20.16). Alonso Edward of Panama was third in 20.55 seconds, with the Jamaican pair of Marvin Anderson (20.60) and Mario Forsythe (20.76), fourth and fifth respectively.
In the women’s 400 metres, Jamaican Rosemarie Whyte ran a personal best 49.84 seconds but had to settle for silver as American Sanya Richards-Ross raced to a season-best 49.66, to win handsomely.