IAAF Doha 2019 Update: Jamaica’s Fraser-Pryce Strikes Gold, Made History
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica celebrates winning the Women’s 100 metres final on Day 3 of the 17th IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019 at the Khalifa International Stadium this week.
‘Standing here having done it again at 32, and holding my baby, is a dream come true,’ said Fraser-Pryce, her tired bundle of joy still snuggled against her shoulder.
I had no sleep last night. The last time I was at a major championships was 2016 so I just could not sleep with nerves. But with mental toughness you will get what you want. I can’t believe it. I worked so hard to be back. I’m so excited to come out with victory.’
Her winning time of 10.71 seconds was an agonising 0.01 outside Marion Jones’ championships record and a fraction quicker than her performance at Berlin in 2009 when she took her first title as a bubbly 22-year-old with the world at her feet.
A full decade later, the so-called ‘Pocket Rocket’ is still powering out of the blocks to leave the rest of the world’s best sprinters trailing in her wake, including her compatriot and successor as Olympic champion, Elaine Thompson, who was fourth, and triple European gold medallist Dina Asher-Smith, who took silver in a British record of 10.83.
Between them Marie-Josée Ta Lou of the Ivory Coast bagged bronze on a half-crocked knee in 10.90.