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Tuesday June 25, 2013

Sprinting stars Fraser-Pryce and Weir win Jamaican 200m titles

KINGSTON (Jamaica): Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Warren Weir, medallists at the London Olympics, ran away with the 200m titles on the final day of the Jamaica Athletics Champ­ionships on Sunday.

Fraser-Pryce, who blazed the curve and straightened long before her rivals, crossed the finish line in 22.13 seconds with training partner Sherone Simpson second in 22.55 and rising star Anneisha McLaughlin finishing third in 22.58.

“I came out here tonight to get a good run and I am glad I finish healthy, because that is priority now,” Fraser-Pryce said.

Fraser-Pryce, the London Olympic silver medal winner and Beijing and London Olympic 100m champion, chose not to run the 100m to better focus on the longer distance in the qualifying meet for the World Championships at Moscow in August.

“I skipped the 100m to concentrate on the 200m so I can get a good time and I am happy in the end,” said Fraser-Pryce, whose victory came with a legal 1.0m per second tailwind.

Weir, the 200m London bronze medallist, had time to beat his chest as he crossed the finish line in 19.79 before Nickel Ashmeade took second in 20.06. Jason Livermore was third in 20.10 with a 0.9m per second tailwind.

Without reigning world and Olympic two-time champion Usain Bolt or injured sprint star Yohan Blake entered in the 200, Weir’s title effort might seem a bit hollow, but he said his chest-thumping was meant to send a message to all.

“I just want Jamaica and the rest of the world to know that this was no fluke. This was for real,” Weir said. “Excellent race, excellent result.” —AFP

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