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Fastest 100m time of 2015 set at IAAF Diamond League Eugene

Several Olympic champions held their own in their respective events, among them Fraser-Pryce, Kirani James and Tyson Gay.

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News 31 May 2015, 14:43 IST
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Fraser-Pryce at the 2012 London Olympics after winning the 100m gold

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica ran the fastest 100m time of the 2015 season at the Prefontaine Classic, part of the IAAF Diamond League, held in Eugene, Oregon. Fraser-Price finished with a time of 10.81 seconds, setting a joint record with Murielle Ahoure of the United States of America. 

Fraser-Pryce bounced back from a disappointing performance at the Shanghai IAAF Diamond League two weeks ago, in which she finished 5th with a time of 11.25. She was unsure why, however, saying in a press interview that “it was one of those races that I absolutely could not explain what went wrong.”

Reigning 400m Olympic Champion, Grenadian athlete Kirani James won the event here comfortably, beating American athlete LaShawn Merritt, the 2008 Olympic champion. James finished in a 2015 world-best 43.95 seconds. James has beat Merritt 9 times in their 14 head-to-head encounters so far. Merritt, who is recuperating from a knee injury since February, mentioned that it hampered his training immensely. 

Other American athletes at the meet did well however, with Justin Gatlin winning the 200m in 19.68 sec, setting the world’s fastest time for 2015. Compatriot Tyson Gay won the men’s 100m in 9.88, with American Michael Rodgers in second with 9.90. China’s Su Bingtian, came in 3rd and is now the first Asian to beat the 10sec mark in the 100m event.

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