At 35, party star Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is still around. The Jamaican sprinting legend equaled his best world performance of the year in the 100m in 10”67 (+0.5 m/s of wind), a new canon time for the 35-year-old athlete on Saturday in Paris .
In the heat of the Charléty stadium (around 30 degrees in the evening), the eight-time Olympic medalist crushed the straight line at the same time as her first 100m reference of 2022, carried out in early May in Nairobi. She beat the British Daryll Neita and the Ivorian Marie-Josée Ta Lou.
The nine-time world champion has shown that she should offer fierce resistance to her fellow Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah (absent in Charléty) in a month at the World Championships in Eugene (Oregon, July 15-24).
Frenchman Benjamin Robert set the third best time of the year in the 800m in 1’43”75 to win the 800m. A time disqualified for having hindered one of his opponents in the last meters, Robert was finally reclassified and ahead of the Australian Peter Bol and the Dutchman Tony van Diepen.
Gabriel Tual ranks fourth in 1’44”23, a new personal best, and Pierre-Ambroise Bosse sixth in 1’44”54, his best time of the season and minimum for the World Championships which he achieved at the same time. Robert, eliminated in the Olympic series last summer, and Tual had already validated the minimums for the Worlds.
Frenchman Robert as he crosses the line. (A. Réau/The Team)
The minima for Gressier
In the 5000m, Jimmy Gressier also achieved these minima by finishing fourth in 13’08”75, a new personal best, a race won by the Ethiopian Selemon Barega.
In the 100m hurdles won by the Nigerian Tobi Amusan, Cyréna Samba-Mayela finished in fourth place in 12”76, a time which allows her to qualify for Eugene as well.
In the pole vault, Renaud Lavillenie took second place with 5.80m cleared on the second attempt, behind the Belgian Ben Broeders, who passed the same bar on his first attempt. Thibaut Collet, who stopped at 5.75m, finished third.
The Ukrainian Yaroslava Mahuchikh at the height (2.01m on the second attempt) and Bahrain’s Winfred Mutile Yavi in the 3,000m steeplechase (8’56”55, the 4th best time in history) achieved the best performances of the year.
Close to the world record in the 110m hurdles last week (12”84), the American Devon Allen won in 13”16 (-0.2 m/s). Frenchman Just Kwaou-Mathey took 3rd place in 13”27, a personal best.