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Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce leads a Jamaican sweep of the 100-meter race

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica raised her right hand with her index finger pointed high as she crossed the finish line at Hayward Field for her fifth world championship in the 100-meter dash. With her blonde and green hair bouncing behind her, Fraser-Pryce finished in 10.67 seconds, a world championship record, dominating a star-studded field that included the two-time Olympic 100-meter champion Elaine Thompson-Herah.

“I can’t even imagine the amount of times I’ve had setbacks and I’ve bounced back and I’m here again,” Fraser-Pryce told reporters. “I continue to remind myself that sometimes it’s not because you don’t have the ability, but it’s the right time. Today was the right time.”

It was an expected Jamaican sweep: Shericka Jackson took silver in 10.73, and Thompson-Herah won bronze in 10.81.

Fraser-Pryce, 35, is one of the most accomplished sprinters of all time, and her success is particularly remarkable because of her longevity. Her career took off with Olympic gold in the 100 in 2008. She has won five of the last seven world titles, and stands as the only person to win more than three in the 100. The closest person to her world championship gold medal count at that distance is Usain Bolt with three. Fraser-Pryce’s world title count might have been greater, but she gave birth just after the 2017 world championships to her son, Zyon, in an emergency cesarean section.
windinhishair · 61-69, M
SAFP is an amazing sprinter, and deserving of all her titles. Bravo to her and the Jamaicans.

 
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