KINGSTON, Jamaica– Four-time World champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce clocked the fastest women’s 100 metres time in over three decades and the fourth fastest time ever, when she sped to a sizzling 10.63 seconds on Saturday.
Competing at the Jamaican Amateur Athletics Association/Jamaica Olympic Association Destiny Meet at the National Stadium, the veteran 34-year-old sprinter brushed aside her field to cross the line unchallenged to become the second fastest woman of all time.
Her time was only behind that of legendary American Florence Griffith Joyner, who posted the current world record of 10.49 back in 1988, along with times of 10.61 and 10.62.
Fraser-Pryce’s superb effort also shattered her own national record of 10.70 which she shared with Olympic star Elaine Thompson.
“Coming out here today I never expected I would run 10.6 and I think it was a good thing because there was no pressure,” the two-time Olympic champion said afterwards.
“I just wanted to get one run in before the National Championships but that’s really what I was looking forward to.
“For me, I just wanted to execute a good race and I’m lost for words because 10.6 has been a dream, a goal, and I’ve been working so hard, being so patient and to see it finally unfold, I’m so ecstatic.”
Nothing had signalled at the record-breaking performance with Fraser-Pryce clocking 10.84 at the Doha Diamond League last week.
But the pint-sized Jamaican stormed from the blocks to establish a clear, early lead, easing up as she reached the line.
Natasha Morrison, a two-time World Championship sprint relay gold medallist, finished second in 10.95 to also dip below 11 seconds.
Fraser-Pryce, who won her last World title two years ago in Doha, said her focus was now on continuing her improvement.
“If I’m able to run 10.6 now and the National Championship is still some way [off], honestly I’m just looking forward to what the process will bring and continuing the work,” she stressed.
“I did say this year I wanted nothing more than to break the 10.70 barrier and I did it, but now the focus is on making the national team, then taking it from there.
“This is just one part of the process so you can’t get too complacent and comfortable.”