Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce showed her class when she lifted her fifth 100-meter world title at the World Athletics Championships held in Eugene, Oregon.
It was no ordinary win for the 35-year-old Jamaican, popularly known as the pocket rocket, as she ran to win the race in a record time of 10.67, breaking the previous record set by the USA’s Marion Jones in 1999.
Moreover, it was a clean sweep for the girls representing the black, green, and gold as Shericka Jackson came in second to take the silver medal in a personal best of 10.73 sec, thus becoming the third fastest Jamaican woman.
Only Fraser-Pryce (10.60) and Elaine Thompson-Herah (10.54) have run faster.
Thompson-Herah, the Tokyo Olympics 100m champion, claimed the third spot in the race to walk away with bronze in a relatively slow time by her standard of10.81 seconds.
Notwithstanding, the glory this time around belonged to the girl from Waterhouse, Kingston, Jamaica, who had won the previous 100m titles in 2009, 2013, 2015, and an unprecedented fourth in 2019.
She was fourth in Daegu in 2011 because of injury and missed out in 2017 because she was pregnant with her son Zyon.
“I can’t even imagine the amount of times I’ve had setbacks, and I’ve bounced back, and I’m here again,” said Fraser-Pryce, who became the first athlete to win five titles in the same running event; since the World Championships began in 1983.’
“I continue to remind myself that sometimes it’s not because you don’t have the ability, but it’s the right time. Today was the right time,” Fraser-Pryce continued.
Fraser-Pryce, added, “I feel blessed to have this talent and to continue to do it at 35, (after) having a baby, still going, and hopefully inspiring women that they can make their own journey.”
“Whenever I’m healthy, I’m going to compete. I’m hungry, I’m driven, and I always believe I can run faster and I’m not going to stop until I stop believing that,” she said further.
Fraser-Pryce has now been involved in three 100m medal sweeps for Jamaica.
She was the winner in a Jamaican 1-2-2 finish with Sherone Simpson and Kerron Stewart at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
She was second to Thompson-Herah in a Jamaican 1-2-3 at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Shericka Jackson won the bronze.
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