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Jamaican Olympic champion surges to new personal best

IMPRESSIVE: Fraser-Pryce

TWO-TIME OLYMPIC 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce continues to show improvement in the 60m, after winning at the XL Galan meet in Stockholm, Sweden on February 24 with her third consecutive personal best.

Fraser-Pryce, who is attempting the indoor circuit for the first time in her career, made an impressive debut last week at the British Athletics Grand Prix meet in Birmingham, winning her heat in 7.18 seconds before finishing second in the final with a time of 7.09 seconds.

The diminutive Jamaican continued her hot streak, winning ahead of Ukrainian Mariya Ryemyen, 7.18, and France’s Myriam Soumaré, 7.22, with a 7.04 seconds run - her fastest time over the distance so far, after three starts.

The 26-year-old took to social media platform Twitter, shortly after the race, thanking her fans for the support and looking forward to her next indoor outing.

"Thanks guys … had fun and God's willing it gets better from here," Fraser-Pryce tweeted yesterday afternoon.

The meet also saw five new world leads established, with USA's Galen Rupp particularly impressive with an American indoor record 7:30.16 finish in the men's 3,000m.

Rupp finished ahead of Kenya's Caleb Ndiku, 7:31.66 and Mauritius' Abdelaati Iguider 7:34.92, both of whom posted personal best times.

Ethiopia's Mohammed Aman also posted the fastest time indoors this year in the 800m, winning in 1:45.05 ahead of Poland's Adam Kszczot, 1:46.62 and Kenya's Timothy Kitum, 1:47.61.

Ayanleh Souleiman is the fastest this year in the men's 1,000m after taking the final in 2:17.05 with Marcin Lewandowski, 2.17.77 and Andrew Osagie, 2;18.88, finishing second and third, respectively.

The impressive times continued in the women's 3,000m with Genzebe Dibaba taking the event in 8:26.57 - the fastest time on the indoor circuit so far this season. Eilish McColgan was second in 8:49.31 while Almaz Ayana finished third in 8:50.10.


The women's 1,500m was also taken in world-leading fashion as Abeba Aregawi broke the tape in front of her home crowd with 3:58.40 on the clock, which also registers as the new national indoor record for Sweden.

Axumawit Embaye, 4:09.11, was second with Rabab Arrafi, 4:09.36, rounding out the top three.

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