Jamaican QATAR, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce won easily the final of the 100m athletics world championship in Doha.
Fraser-Pryce came in first with a record of 10.71 seconds, 11% faster and 19% faster than the runner-up legs, followed by Dina Asher-Smith and Ivory Coast Marie-Josée Ta Lou.
This is the fourth time the Fraser-Pryce world champion runs 100m. This feat comes round a decade after the first time the 32-year-old athlete was crowned in this content of the world track and field. The gold medal in Doha is more meaningful to Fraser-Pryce because she just returned to play after giving birth 13 months ago.
“Winning the World Championship again at 32 and holding my baby in my arms is a dream come true for me”, Fraser-Pryce said in a choked voice after stepping down from the podium to receive the medal and hugging her son Zyon. “I didn’t sleep last night. The last time I went to a big tournament was 2016 and I couldn’t sleep because of stress. But by willpower, you can do what you want.”
In the final competition, Fraser-Pryce continues to promote the strength of the starting point – her forte helped her be nicknamed “Pocket Rocket”. After only the first 30 meters, she broke up to occupy the position of one of the seven legs running to compete, then maintain this advantage to reach the finish line after 10.71 seconds.
This result is equal to the achievement when Fraser-Pryce won the second 100m world title of his career, in Moscow in 2013 and only 1% second below her personal record.
Running in the lane beside Fraser-Pryce, Dina Asher-Smith competed fiercely. And the reward for the 23-year-old’s effort is the first silver medal in the world with a 100m running record for an English athlete, thanks to the result of 10.83 seconds. Ta Lou, a 100m runner-up at the 2017 tournament, finished third with a fraction of a second faster than the reigning Jamaican Olympic champion Elaine Thompson.