Jamaican Sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce Runs World's Fastest Women's 100M Since Florence Griffith Joyner
She now emerges as one of the favorites for a gold medal in the event at the upcoming Tokyo games.
June 07, 2021 at 8:12 pm
Olympic champion sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce scored the world’s fastest women’s 100m in nearly 33 years over the weekend, casting her name among the favorites to pick up a gold medal in Tokyo next month.
Fraser-Pryce, a two-time champion in the 100m, clocked in a blazing time of 10.63 seconds at a meet in Kingston, Jamaica on Saturday, NBC Sports reports. That time is the fourth-best in history, behind times set by legendary runner Florence Griffith Joyner, who posted records of 10.49, 10.61 and 10.62, each in 1988.
“Coming out here today, I never expected I would run 10.6, and I think that’s a good thing because there was no pressure. I just wanted to get one run in before national championships, and that’s what I was looking forward to,” Fraser-Pryce said during a post-race press conference, according to The Washington Post. “I’m at a loss for words because 10.6 has been a dream, a goal. I’ve been working so hard, been so patient and to see it finally unfold, I’m just ecstatic.”
Behold this 10.63 (1.6) PR BOMB from World champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.
She’s now second fastest of all time behind only Flo-Jo. Let the games begin! pic.twitter.com/U4UcyKngrS
— Ato Boldon (@AtoBoldon) June 5, 2021
According to The Jamaica-Gleaner, Fraser-Pryce’s coach, Reynaldo ‘Journalist’ Walcott, wasn't shocked by her remarkable run.
“No, I am not surprised as her personal best was 10.70 seconds and the objective was to go faster and my job, as the coach, is to help her to run faster. She really wanted to go sub 10.7 and she was really excited based on her after-race celebration and I am happy for her as she is not only an athlete, but she is a Jamaican icon,” Walcott said.
The 34-year-old Jamaican, who recently won the 2019 World title after making a return to competition following the birth of her child, improved on the national record of 10.70 that she previously shared with 2016 Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah.
This year, Fraser-Pryce has garnered two of the world’s fastest times this year of 10.63 and 10.84, joining countrywoman Elaine Thompson-Herah who clocked a 10.78 and the American rising sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson who ran a 10.72.
At 34, Fraser-Pryce is in line this summer to become the oldest woman ever to win an Olympic sprint title and capture three titles in one individual Olympic track and field event.
According to NBC Sports, Richardson is projected to be the favorite ahead of the competition in Tokyo after posting two other 100m times of 10.74 and 10.77 this spring.