Seven-time world champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has won the London Diamond League 100m race less than a year after giving birth to her son, Zyon.
Fraser-Pryce, who didn’t get the best of starts, powered her way to a season’s best and a win for 10.98!
Before the race, Fraser-Pryce said: “A lot of people look at it like you have had a baby, so you must be finished. I do get asked that question a lot, but I’m like ‘I’ve just had a baby that’s all’. It’s a blessing to be able to have my son and to be able to come back and compete again. I am really looking forward to be being back in London this weekend. It’s a hard battle but it makes the victory even sweeter.”
UPDATE: July 23, 2018
Former World and Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce dipped below the 11-second barrier for the first time since her return to the track last month, as she produced a strong late surge to win the 100 meters in the Diamond League in London Saturday.
The 31-year-old Jamaican, who give birth to her first child nearly a year ago, clocked 10.98 to beat American Dezerea Bryant into second in 11.04, while Jamaican Jonielle Smith was timed at a personal best 11.07 in finishing third.
Fraser-Pryce, who holds the meet record at 10.77 and has gone as fast as 10.70 in a stellar career, said the successful comeback had given her hope for next season, which features the World Championships in Qatar.
“I cannot complain because I haven’t raced for ages and I’m happy that the run today was under 11 seconds,” said Fraser-Pryce, who has won two Olympic 100 meters titles and three World Championships titles.
Stefenie Mcpherson and Akeem Bloomfield wins gold also
Fraser-Pryce’s compatriot Stephenie Ann McPherson was a comfortable winner in the non-points scoring women’s 400m on day two of the London Diamond League.
She was sharp through the first 200m and had enough in the tank to pull away down the straight, winning in 50.31 from Jamaican compatriot Anastasia Le-Roy. USA’s world indoor champion Courtney Okolo was third.
Jamaica’s Akeem Bloomfield smashed his personal best by 0.19 seconds to win the non-scoring men’s 200m in 19.81, dipping under 20 seconds over 200m for the first time, also on day two of the London Diamond League.