Shelley-Anne Fraser-Pryce leads Jamaican race in 100m

Shelly-Anne Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica raised her right hand with her index finger up as she crossed the finish line at Hayward Field for her fifth World Championships in the 100m. With blonde and green hair cascading down the back, Fraser-Pryce finished in 10.67 seconds, a world championship record, dominating a star-studded field that included two-time Olympic 100m champion Elaine Thompson-Hera.

“I can’t even imagine how many times I’ve had setbacks and come back and I’m still here,” Fraser-Pryce told reporters. “I keep reminding myself that sometimes it’s not that you don’t have the skills, it’s that the timing is right. Today was the right time. “

It was the expected Jamaican sweep, with Sherika Jackson taking silver in 10.73 and Thompson-Hera taking bronze in 10.81.

Fraser-Pryce, 35, is one of the most successful sprinters of all time, and his success is particularly notable for its longevity. His career began in 2008 with an Olympic gold in the 100. He has won five of the last seven world titles and is the only one to win more than three in the 100. That distance is Usain Bolt by three. Fraser-Pryce’s world title haul could have been bigger but she gave birth to her son, Zion, by emergency C-section after the 2017 World Championships.

“There were days I wondered if my body would allow me to do the level of work I do,” Fraser-Pryce told the Telegraph in 2019.

Fraser-Pryce, Jackson and Thompson-Hera ran away from the rest of the world in this event. At the Tokyo Olympics last summer, three women held the Jamaican flag and posed for pictures after completing the 100, with Thompson-Hera winning gold in the second-fastest time. It was Jamaica’s fourth straight Olympic gold in the women’s 100, dating back to Fraser-Pryce’s 2008 win in Beijing.

Despite Thompson-Hera’s success at the Olympics, she went without an individual medal in the 100m at the World Championships until Sunday night’s third-place finish. He did not appear to be in peak form heading into the meet and his time of 10.81 seconds was a personal best, but he said he was delighted to be in the medal stand given the circumstances.

“I haven’t been training well,” Thompson-Hera said. “I missed a lot of sessions. But I think I’m a fighter and I know how to play. “Tonight was not my best time, but I’m still grateful to be on the podium.”

As for the podium, Thompson-Hera went into the race with the expectations of many spectators: “I knew we were going to be 1-2-3,” she said. “I didn’t know the order.”

It was the first individual medal in the 100m at the World Championships for Jackson, a former 400m specialist. He won bronze in the 400 meters at the 2015 and 2019 World Championships.

Great Britain’s Dina Usher-Smith finished fourth in 10.83 seconds, a national record. Americans Aleah Hobbs and Melissa Jefferson finished sixth and eighth.

Fraser-Pryce, Jackson and Thompson-Hera will now focus on the 200, which begins with preliminary heats on Monday in Eugene. Skating in the 200 is unlikely, though Jackson is the favorite, having run the fastest time in the world this year at 21.55 seconds. Thompson-Hera won gold in the 200 at the Olympics last summer, but Jamaica hasn’t won gold in the 200 at the World Championships since Fraser-Pryce in 2013.

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