Double Olympic and three-time world 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and her Jamaican teammates Megan Tapper and O’Dayne Richards were in the spotlight at the 33rd edition of the Padua EA Classic meeting in Italy on Tuesday.
Competing in warm condition, 32-year-old Fraser-Pryce won the 100m for the third time in her career in Padua clocking 11.00, narrowly missing the 10.98 meeting record she set in 2015. Maja Mihalinec of Slovenia finished second in 11.27 and Jamaica’s Jonielle Smith was third in 11.35.
“I feel honoured to win in Padua for the third time,” Fraser-Pryce said. “I train in Italy during the summer and I really enjoy coming here.”
Tapper, 25, won the women’s 100m hurdles with 12.66 (+2.0), improving Kellie Wells’ meeting record of 12.75 set in 2013. Tiffany McReynolds improved her PB to 12.72 to finish second ahead of Olympic finalist Pedrya Seymour from the Bahamas (12.78) and 2018 NCAA champion Jasmine Camacho Quinn (12.86).
Richards, a former world bronze medallist, reached 20.43m with his first throw to clinch the men’s shot put, beating Maksim Afonin (20.41m) and last week’s European U23 silver medallist Leonardo Fabbri (20.20m).