UNITED STATES: Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce won the 100m gold in Oregon and broke a championship record in one of the most anticipated events of the World Athletics Championships.
Shericka Jackson won silver and Elaine Thompson-Herah won bronze, giving Jamaica a clean sweep of the podium under the direction of the defending world champion. The five-time world champion who is now in the running was at her best when she set a time of 10.67 to win back-to-back championships.
Shericka Jackson came in second, and reigning Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah took third, giving Jamaica a clean sweep of the podium.
This season, Fraser-Pryce has been in excellent form, setting the fastest time.
She was challenged, however, by her Jamaican teammate Thompson-Herah, who won the 100 and 200m races in Tokyo 2020 after doing so in Rio 2016.
And a new rivalry has emerged among Jamaican athletes, with Jackson winning the 100m and 200m at the Jamaican trials in June, including the third-fastest time in history in the longer event.
However, Fraser-Pryce once again demonstrated her class in a crowded field that included Great Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith, who finished fourth and equalled her national record, as well as home favourites Aleia Hobbs and Melissa Jefferson.
Fraser- Pryce now has 10 World Championship titles, including 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay, and is still adding to her collection.
Shelly-Ann had an emergency C-section in 2017 when she birthed her son. She took two years off and dedicated it to her motherhood journey, and when she returned, she feared not being able to reach the top of the pinnacle of her sport again, but to her surprise, she continued improving.
In an interview Fraser-Pryce said, “I feel blessed to have this talent and to continue to do it at 35, having a baby, still going, and hopefully inspiring women that they can make their own journey,” said Fraser-Pryce in an interview.
Fraser-Pryce is now the oldest woman to claim a 100m world title and has no plans of stopping.
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