Olympic Games | The Guardian
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce was the second fastest woman in the 100m, reminding Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith that she is the one to beat at the Tokyo Olympics.
The 34-year-old drove a staggering 10.63 seconds in Kingston, Jamaica, becoming the fastest living sprinter, replacing American Carmelita Jeter, who ran 10.64 seconds in 2009.
The Fraser-Pryce era will also rekindle the debate about the new wave of spike technology. A prominent trainer recently said that Nike’s newest sprint shoe is worth at least a tenth of a second compared to its predecessor model over 100 meters.
Fraser-Pryce admitted that her time had surprised even her. “Honestly no … I never thought I’d run 10.6 and think it’s a good thing because there was no pressure,” she told reporters as she screamed with excitement. “Words fail me because 6/10 was a dream, a goal, I’ve worked so hard and patiently to see how it finally unfolds. I’m so excited.
“If I can run 10.6 now … I’m just excited to see what the process will bring. I’m continuing because I said that all I wanted this year was to break the 10.7 mark and I did it. “
Jeter used Twitter to congratulate Fraser-Pryce on her achievement. “I just woke up with amazing news. Shelly-Ann did it again. I give credit when it’s due. You came back from having a baby and showed the world how talented and motivated you are. You are officially the fastest woman in the world. Keep motivating these young queens. ”Only Florence Griffith Joyner, who ran 10:49 in 1988 but died a decade later, was faster.
Fraser-Pryce, who won 100m gold in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics and the 2019 World Championships, was clearly beaten by Asher-Smith 14 days ago on a cold, wet night in Gateshead. She liked the race under perfect conditions at the JAAA / JOA Olympic Destiny meeting in the national stadium much more.
She blew up the blocks and was halfway clear before coming home to break her own national record of 10.70 that she shared with Elaine Thompson Herah.
The 21-year-old American Sha’Carri Richardson, who ran at 10:72 a.m. in the spring, entered the race as the Olympic favorite. Thompson Herah is third in the world rankings this year with 10.78.
Asher-Smith ran 11.35 at Gateshead, but it was a -3.1 m / s headwind and pouring rain. The 25-year-old British woman also insists she is in much better shape now than she was at the 2019 World Cup behind Fraser-Pryce.