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As expected, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Price easily won the preliminary round in the 100-metre sprint on Thursday, the opening of the Jamaican Championships. She ran a 10.70-second performance. She has been flying this season. The 35-year-old, eight-time Olympic medallist and nine-time Worlds gold medallist looks to be in personal best form (10.60 from 2021).

Meanwhile, two-time defending Olympic champion, Elaine Thompson-Herah, won her round in the time of 11.06.

Expect the two to go 1-2 during the World Athletics Championships happening in Eugene, Oregon starting July 15.

During the USATF Championships also currently taking place in Eugene at Hayward Field, Sha’Carri Richardson had a rough go finishing fifth in the time of 11.31. Oddly slower than her 10.85 a few weeks ago in New York. She is out of the selection for the World Championships in the 100m event. Last year she was suspended just long enough to miss the Olympics due to testing positive for cannabis.

Post-race Thursday, she skirted the media not stopping to answer any questions.

Aleia Hobbs ran the fastest of all 31 runners with a 10.88-second performance.

Richardson will have the opportunity to redeem herself by racing in the 200m event. She will want to quiet the naysayers. Athletics fans are split between love and empathy versus anger and vitriol.

In the men’s 100m sprints, Fred Kerley, laid down the 2022 world lead with an impressive and decisive 9.83 statement. He was followed in by Cravont Charleston in 10.07 and Christian Coleman in the time of 10.08.

In Canada, Andre de Grasse tested positive for Covid and will not take part in the national trials happening at the same time in Langley, BC.

Lionel Tshimanga Muteba won the day in Langley in the time of 10.57. Edrick Floreal Jr. was the second-fastest in 10.65 and Ramone English third in 10.67 during their respective heat of seven on the day.

The British Trials start Friday, schedule below:

Friday, 24th June

14:00 – 100m Decathlon Men Heats
14:40 – Long Jump Decathlon Men
16:00 – 400m Hurdles Men Round 1
16:12 – Shot Put Decathlon Men
16:30 – 100m Men Round 1
17:35 – 100m Women Round 1
18:00 – High Jump Decathlon Men
18:20 – 400m Women Round 1
18:50 – 400m Men Round 1
19:20 – 1500m Men Round 1
19:44 – 1500m Women Round 1
20:10 – 3000m Under 20 Women Final
20:25 – 3000m Under 20 Men Final
20:40 – 400m Decathlon Men Heats

See USATF Trials schedule>>
See Canadian Trials schedule>>

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