Jamaican sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce ran a new national record and world-leading time in the Women’s 100m at the JOA/JAAA Olympic Destiny Series at the National Stadium in Kingston on June 5th.
She clocked a world-leading time of 10.63s, the second-fastest time ever ran in the women’s 100m. She falls behind American Florence Griffith-Joyner, who set the 100m record of 10.49 in 1988.
With the new record and personal best, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce betters her own 10.70, which was shared with another Jamaican sprinter, Elaine Thompson Herah.
Fraser-Pryce is now the fastest female sprinter alive, replacing American Carmelita Jeter, who ran 10.64s in 2009.
Jeter congratulated Fraser-Pryce on her win via Twitter, saying “I just woke to some amazing news. @realshellyannfp has done it again. I give credit when it’s due. You have come back from having a child and showed the world how talented and driven you are. You are officially the Fastest Women Alive. Keep motivating these young Queens.”
Just last week, the 34-year-old two-time Olympic champion scored an impressive win in the women’s 100m at the second Wanda Diamond League meeting of the season in Doha.
Fraser-Pryce, who missed more than a year of action around the birth of her son in 2017, is aiming for a third Olympic 100m title after winning gold in Beijing in 2008 and and London in 2012. She also won bronze in Rio in 2016.
She says that the Tokyo Olympic Games will be her last.