Fraser-Pryce becomes second-fastest woman ever in 100m
DOHA, QATAR - SEPTEMBER 29: Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica after she won the women's 100m final during day 3 of the IAAF World Athletics Championships at Khalifa International Stadium on September 29, 2019 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Roger Sedres/Gallo Images)

Fraser-Pryce becomes second-fastest woman ever

Jamaica’s two-time Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has become the second-fastest woman in history after running 10.63 seconds in Kingston.

The 34-year-old, who also won world gold at Doha 2019, streaked clear to win a national trials warm-up event in Kingston.

Only American legend Florence Griffith-Joyner has run faster.

Griffith-Joyner scorched to a world record 10.49 seconds in 1988 before retiring less than a year later.

Fraser-Pryce’s time eclipses the 10.72 seconds run by American Sha’Carri Richardson as the fastest time in the world this year. It is an improvement of 0.07 seconds on her previous personal best of 10.70, set in 2012.

Fraser-Pryce, who took more than a year out of the sport around the birth of her son in 2017, admitted she surprised herself with her time.

“Honestly, no, I wasn’t coming out here to run that fast,” she said. “Thank God that I finish healthy. There was no pressure – I just wanted to get one more race in before the national trials.”


All-time fastest – Women’s 100m
Florence Griffith-Joyner (US) 10.49 seconds
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (Jam) 10.63
Carmelita Jeter (US) 10.64
Marion Jones (US) 10.65
Elaine Thompson-Herah (Jam) 10.70
Sha’Carri Richardson (US) 10.72

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