By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
SPRINTER Anthonique Strachan had to settle for a second-place finish in the women’s 100 metres at the JAAA/SDF Jubilee Series 2.1 inside the National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica.
Strachan, now training in Jamaica with the Maximising Velocity & Power Track Club, had to settle for second place in the straightaway race in 11.40 seconds on Saturday. Her MVP training partner Shericka Jackson took the tape in 11.00, while Remona Burchell was third in 11.43.
It was the second straight race that Strachan went head-to-head with Jackson, the last coming on April 2 at the Velocity Fest 10, World Athletics Continent Tour Challenger Series Meet. The duo competed in the 400m at that meet with Jackson stopping the clock in 51.29. Strachan got third in 52.84, just shy of her PB of 52.42 in 2016. Candice McLeod was second in 51.78.
The 28-year-old Strachan, however, has already run a personal best of 10.99 in the 100m, becoming just the seventh Bahamian female to dip under the 11-second barrier. She joins the list that includes national record holder Chandra Sturrup (10.84), Savetheda Fynes and Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie (both 10.91), Eldece Clarke (10.96), Pauline Davis (10.97) and Shaunae Miller-Uibo (10.98).
With her 10.99 clocking, Strachan now sits in the number 14 spot in the world so far this year. The list is headed by her former MVP training partner Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who posted the fastest time this year at 10.67 at the Moi International Sports Centre in Kasarani, Nairobi.
If there’s any consolation, on April 23, Strachan surged ahead of Fraser- Pryce for the win in the final 30m in a season’s best of 22.55 in the 200 at the Velocity Fest II, a World Athletics Continental Tour Challenger Series Meet in Kingston.
Fraser-Pryce, the multiple World and Olympic champion, faded to second in the winding 10m in 22.79 as she made her season debut. Natasha Morrison was third in 23.06.
Strachan is coming off a semifinal finish in the women’s 60m in her World Indoor Championship debut in Belgrade, Serbia in March and she’s now gearing up for a shot at a final and possibly her first global outdoor medal as a senior athlete at the World Championships in Eugene, Oregon, in July.