Sealing her authority on the world stage and living up to her name and reputation, Shelley-Ann Fraser-Price registered her fifth world 100m title on Sunday in Eugene, Oregon. The Jamaican legend was worth watching as he sprinted to victory in just 10.67 seconds which is a championship record. Following Fraser-Price in her exploits, Sherrika Jackson won the silver medal by recording her personal best of 10.73 seconds.
“I went back home and I worked and I worked and I came here, and I found success”, said an excited Fraser-Price in his on-track interview.
The Jamaican athlete, who is 35 years old and mother to a four-year-old, stunned the world with her stellar feat. On a night that began with the idea that Thompson-Hera might break Florence Griffith-Joyner’s 34-year-old world record of 10.49, Fraser-Price instead set a world-championship record. Marion Jones hit the old mark of 10.70 in 1999.
With her blonde and green hair waving in the wind as she strolled her victory lap, stopping to take pictures with fans who cheered her as loud as Sunday, Fraser-Price was all smiles. Tokyo had a different reaction than last year, when she finished second by a massive 0.13. The Jamaican sprinter is also the first athlete to win five gold medals in the track event at the World Championships with Sunday’s victory after 100m golds in 2009, 2013, 2015 and 2019.
Shelley-Ann Fraser-Price is nicknamed the Pocket Rocket and she easily justified her name as she raced to victory. Usain Bolt won three world titles in the 100 meters during his decade of dominance. Fraser-Price now has five overs in Berlin in the period until 2009, in which Bolt’s men’s 100 record of 9.58 still stands. Fraser-Price was then 22 years old.
(Inputs from PTI)