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Olympic Sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce Scores World’s Fastest Women’s 100M In More Than Three Decades

Olympic Sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce Scores World’s Fastest Women’s 100M In More Than Three Decades

She’s running for the gold!

Olympic sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce recently scored the world’s fastest women’s 100m in more than three decades, Blavity reports.

Fraser-Pryce is already a two-time champion in the 100m, recently breaking another record at a meet in Kingston, Jamaica. In the women’s 100m, Fraser-Pryce clocked in a time of 10.63 seconds. She clocked the fastest women’s 100m run since Florence Griffith Joyner scored times of 10.49, 10.61, and 10.62 in 1988.

The 34-year-old recently returned to the sport after giving birth to her child. She took home the 2019 World title and beat her last national record of 10.70, which she shared with 2016 Olympian Elaine Thompson-Herah. This year, Fraser-Pryce has recorded two of the world’s fastest times of 10.63 and 10.84, joining Thompson-Herah, who recorded a 10.78, and American sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson, who ran a 10.72 as the fastest women in the world.

“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. 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,” Fraser-Pryce told reporters.

Her coach, Reynaldo ‘Journalist’ Walcott, said he isn’t surprised by her historic 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.

Fraser-Pryce is shaping up to be a favorite to take home gold at the upcoming Tokyo games. She is also slated to become the oldest woman ever to win an Olympic sprint title.

American runner Carmelita Jeter, who previously ran a 10.64 in 2009, tweeted her support for Fraser-Pryce.

“I just woke up to some amazing news. @RealShellyAnnFP has done it again. I give credit when it’s due. You have come back from having a child and showed the world how talented and driven you are. You are officially the Fastest Woman Alive. Keep motivating these young Queens,” Jeter wrote.

Fraser-Pryce is now the second-fastest woman behind Griffith Joyner and followed by Jeter.

The internet also joined in to the praise of Fraser-Pryce. 

Amazing run! Keep going stronger ❤🙏🏽

Lef dem Shelly!!!!!

Congratulations, Shelly-Ann!

Photo Courtesy of Caribbean National Weekly