Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce beat Elaine Thompson-Hera in the 100m sprint in Lausanne. She ran a personal best of 10.60 seconds. This is the 3rdfastest time ever run by a woman in the event.
This should not come as a surprise, because Shelly-Ann is a veteran in the 100m and 200m sprints.
She has been running for well over a decade and has recently re-joined the sprinting arena after giving birth.
In June 2021, Shelly-Ann was deemed the fastest woman alive running 10.63 seconds at Jamaica’s Olympic trials. This also made her the 2ndfastest woman in history behind Florence Griffith-Joyner, who is the current world record holder.
At the Olympics, Shelly faced tough competition from her Jamaican counterpart Elaine Thompson-Hera who ran 10.61 seconds to break Joyner’s 10.62 Olympic record.
Shelly-Ann placed 2ndin that race. This is significant because it helped form the Jamaican 1, 2, 3 podium sweep.
Shelly however maintained that we have not witnessed her best performance as yet.
Soon after, the Diamond League events began. Shelly placed 2ndin the Prefontaine Classic running 10.73 seconds.
Then in Lausanne, Shelly took over the spotlight from Elaine.
The anticipation that the Florence Griffith-Joyner world record would be broken had increased after Elaine ran an astronomical 10.54 seconds at the Prefontaine Classic.
Instead, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce won the race which she ran in 10.60 seconds.
This topped her performance at the Jamaican Olympic Trials and it also set a meet record and is now her personal best.
Shelly is known for her incredible fast starts from the blocks. This coupled with her petite build, has won over the nickname “Pocket Rocket.”
Unfortunately, she doesn’t maintain her top speed as well as Elaine does. So while Shelly’s speed tapers off at 70m, Elaine is maintaining and sometimes even accelerating late into the race.
The fact is… do not count Shelly out, until she says she is out, because she is still a formidable force in athletic sprinting.