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He shook his fist and shouted. The gesture of a queen of speed: Jamaican athlete Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce wins her fifth world title in the 100 meters.
This gold medal is in addition to those he won in 2009, 2013, 2015 and 2019 and his Olympic crowns in 2008 and 2012.
On Sunday, Fraser-Pryce stopped the clock at 10.67 seconds at the World Championships in Athletics in Eugene, USA, setting a new record (in championships).
She was followed by her compatriots Shericka Jackson and Elaine Thompson-Herah, who won silver and bronze respectively.
Fraser-Pryce, 35 yearsbecomes the first person to win five world titles in an individual track event at a world championship.
Moreover, this is the first time that a nation realizes an outright victory in the women’s 100m in a world championship.
The same Jamaican trio accomplished the feat at the Tokyo Olympics last year (Thompson-Herah had won his second gold medal on this occasion).
Jamaica had already done so at the 2008 Games in Beijing.
“I won’t stop until I’m gonee believe in”
In all, Fraser-Pryce has 10 world championship titles in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relays.
He conquered three after give birth to her son Zyonin 2017.
“I feel blessed to have this talent and to continue to do so at 35, to have a baby, to move on, and hopefully to inspire women to continue on their own journey.” she declared.
“I can’t even imagine the number of times I’ve had setbacks and bounced back and I’m here again.”
“I keep reminding myself that sometimes it’s not because you don’t have the ability, it’s when the time is right. it was the right time And I’m very, very grateful for the continued support.”
“It’s the third 1-2-3 (Jamaica’s first three in the race) I’ve been in and I’m really excited. I was able to get the win.”
Fraser-Pryce had become the older woman capturing a 100m world title in 2019, and holding that record for three years, and retaining it at the event in Eugene, shows no signs of letting up.
“It’s my favorite world title: doing it at 35, yes, I said 35,” Fraser-Pryce said.
“As long as I am healthy, I will compete. I am motivated and I always want to do more. I still think I can run fasterI won’t stop until I stop believing.”
“He lived in the shadow of Usain Bolt”
American Michael Johnson, a former Olympic 200m and 400m champion, hailed Fraser-Pryce’s achievement in a statement to BBC Sport.
“Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is incredible. The 100m is arguably the toughest event to repeat as a champion, and she’s done it five times,” he said.
“His longevity (in elite athletics) is extremely impressive, given that he won his first world title in the 100m in 2009, and I think it has been underestimated many times. He lived in the shadow of Usain Bolt.”
“They both won their first Olympic titles in the same year, 2008. He retired a long time ago and she’s still going, had a kid, came back and runs even faster.”
“It’s a testament to his greatness – his longevity and consistency are unbelievable in a very difficult ordeal.”
“The only thing missing from his resume is the world record. If he could break the world record, then you could say he had an even better career than Bolt.”
The women’s 100m world record still bears the name of American Florence Griffith-Joyner, who set it in 1988: 10.49 seconds.
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