Shelly-Ann breaks 100m record

Sheri-kae McLeod

Mommy Pocket Rocket, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce clocked her way to victory with a new meet record in the 100m sprint at the Racers Adidas Grand Pix held in Kingston on June 8. 

The two-time Olympic gold medalist clocked a season-best and meet record of 10.88 seconds, the fastest time she’s run since 2016. The previous meet record (11.09 seconds) was set by Fraser-Pryce at the 2016 staging. 

“I am really pleased with 10.88,” she said. “What more could I have asked for tonight than to come out here at the Racers (Adidas) Grand Prix for the third time and win? Last year, I was just coming back to the sport, and I had the opportunity to win, and tonight (Saturday night), I not only won but also lowered the meet record. So I’m giving thanks for that and looking forward to the national championships,” she told local media.

The always jovial, 32-year-old Fraser-Pryce flashed her familiar smile as she quickly separated herself from the field to command victory over her Jamaican teammate Jonielle Smith and 2018 Commonwealth champion Michelle-Lee Aye of Trinidad and Tobago, both of whom ran 11.20 seconds.

The 10.88 seconds represents the fastest time Fraser-Pryce has registered since returning to international competition in early June of 2018 after giving birth to her son Zyon, almost two years ago.

The 10.88-second clocking is also the second fastest in the world this year, well behind world leader 19-year-old Sha’Carri Richardson of the USA, who clocked 10.75 at the NCAA National Championships in Texas. 

Fraser-Pryce said that she is also fully ready to reclaim her title as World Champion at the 17th IAAF World Championships to be held during September in Doha, Qatar.

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