18th May, 2015
Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare easily outpaced a star-studded field, including highly-decorated Jamaican sprinters Fraser-Pryce and Veronica Campbell-Brown in the Shanghai Diamond League 100 metres race today, producing a season’s best 10.98 seconds.
Campbell-Brown came in fourth and Olympic champion Fraser-Pryce fifth.
The result is a blow for Fraser-Pryce in her first 100m of the season, only weeks before she defends her 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay titles in the Chinese capital.
“The feeling is OK,” the 28-year-old said after the race. “I am looking forward to my next race. What comes, comes.”
Okagbare, who won the 200m and the long jump at last year’s meet in Shanghai, was ecstatic at her victory Sunday.
“It is not easy to compete with the best in the world but I won,” she said. Shanghai loves me and the track loves me.”
The Full result:
Women’s 100m 1. Blessing Okagbare (Nigeria) 10.98 2. Tori Bowie (U.S.) 11.07 3. Michelle-Lee Ahye (Trinidad and Tobago) 11.13 4. Veronica Campbell-Brown (Jamaica) 11.22 5. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (Jamaica) 11.25 6. Muna Lee (U.S.) 11.48 7. Wei Yongli (China) 11.51 8. Schillonie Calvert (Jamaica) 11.53