Carmelita Jeter improves the 2011 world lead to 10.86 in Kingston (Errol Anderson) © Copyright
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Jeter and Ashmeade impress in Kingston - IAAF World Challenge

Kingston, JamaicaAmerican Carmelita Jeter and young Jamaican speedster Nickel Ashmeade and Kenia Sinclair ran world leading times at the Jamaica International Invitational, an IAAF World Challenge meeting, in Kingston on Saturday (7) night.

Jeter won the 100m in 10.86 seconds with Trinidad and Tobago's Kelly-Ann Baptiste second in 10.94 and Jamaican Sherone Simpson third in 11.07.

"I am not in shape yet, but I am working to get there," said Jeter, who claimed the inaugural Samsung Diamond Race Trophy in the event last year. "Now I have to start putting my race together."

Ashmeade won the 200 in 19.96, the fastest time in the world this year and a personal best. American Wallace Spearmon was third in 20.18 while Asafa Powell limped home last in 21.40.

"I am satisfied with the time," Ashmeade said. But asked if he was surprised after seeing the time, he added, "I knew the field was good, I knew I was going to PR, but I did not know I would do 19 seconds."

Windy 9.80 for Blake, 22.10 for Fraser-Pryce

Meanwhile, Yohan Blake and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce were also impressive, but their times were wind aided.

Blake stopped the clock in 9.80 to win the men's 100m with Antigua's Daniel Bailey second in 9.94 and American Mike Rodgers third in 9.96. This wind reading was 2.2 metros per second.

Jamaica's Blake was very happy with his performance, mostly the start.

"My start was my biggest problem last season," Blake said. "I got it right tonight and it showed in the fast time."

Jacques Harvey won the men's B 100m in 10.09.

Fraser-Pryce, the World and Olympic 100m champion, took the women's 200m in 22.10 ahead of two-time Olympic champion Veronica Campbell-Brown (22.37). The wind here was stronger at 2.4 m/s.

"It's my first 200 of the season and it's the fastest I have ever ran," Fraser-Pryce said. "I am feeling very good. I followed instructions."

"The field was very strong, and I decided I was going to run the first 100m very, very hard, and tell myself, 'catch me if you can', and I just ran and maintained my form."

Campbell-Brown said: "I am just happy that I was able to come out here, participate for my fans and finish healthy."

World lead for Sinclair in the 800m, Williams-Mills takes the women' 400m

In the women's 800m, Kenia Sinclair continued her impressive early form, winning in 1:58.41, well under her own previous world lead of 1:59.63. Phoebe Wright of the USA was second in 1:59.98.

Novlene Williams-Mills won the women's 400m in 50.71 ahead of fellow Jamaican Rosemarie White's 51.15 while American world champion Sanya Richards-Ross looked far from impressive, finishing fifth in 51.62.

Chris Brown of Bahamas won the men's 400m in 45.37 ahead of Renny Quow of Trinidad and Tobago by .06.

Nicolas Maitland of Jamaica won the men's B 400m in 46.50.

World and Olympic champion Melaine Walker took the women's 400m hurdles in 55.60 while American Justin Gaymon ran 48.58 for the men's title, beating World champion countryman Kerron Clement by 0.16.

"My opening performance was not great, but I was glad to come out here and finish anther race," Walker said.

On the infield, Adam Nelson reached a meet record 21.24m to win the men's Shot Put. In the women's High Jump, Sheree Francis (1.85m) beats Bulgaria's Viktoria Andonova, with Jamaican Kimberly Williamson and American Deidre Mullun also clearing 1.85m.

In the high schools relays, Herbert Morrison (45.20) and St. Elizabeth Tech (39.99) won the 4x100m races while Vere (3:37.82) and Calabar (3:14.63) took the 4x400m events.

Anthony Foster for the IAAF

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