Fraser-Pryce, de Grasse capture 100m titles at Continental Tour stop in Switzerland

The Olympic medallists continued their post-Tokyo efforts in Bellinzona, holding off respective fields for victory. Fred Kerley was second behind de Grasse.

By Nick McCarvel

The post- Tokyo 2020 flurry of athletics meets continued on Tuesday (14 Sept.) as reigning Olympic 200m champion Andre de Grasse held off a stacked men's field to capture the Continental Tour stop in Bellinzona, Switzerland.

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce won the women's 100m, the Jamaican - the 2008 and 2012 Olympic champ who was second in Tokyo - clocking in at 10.78 to hold off two home hopes for the win.

A false start by de Grasse was waived off, and on a third try the field burst out of the blocks, with Tokyo silver medallist Fred Kerley of the U.S. and his American compatriot Justin Gatlin with leads over the Canadian.

But de Grasse found his stride in the final 40 metres, clocking a 10.06 for the win. Kerley was second at 10.11, with Gatlin third at 10.13.

Gatlin, 39, is the Athens 2004 champ in the 100m and a three-time medallist in the event. He did not qualify for Tokyo.

A spirited crowd took in the evening time races in the small city known for its medieval castles.

It was Swiss sprinters Mujinga Kambundji (10.99) and Ajla Del Ponte (11.11) who finished two-three behind the 34-year-old Fraser-Pryce.

Fraser-Pryce's 10.78 was a new meeting record. It was her final race of the season.