Fraser-Pryce moves past VCB, has Ottey in her sights

By Sports Desk July 28, 2019
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce

Many-time Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce achieved yet another milestone, after passing compatriot Veronica Campbell-Brown for the most sub-11 clockings recorded by a Jamaican female sprinter.

The 32-year-old track star recently pulled level with the legendary Campbell-Brown at 49 apiece when she clocked 10.95 seconds in the heats at the London Diamond League.  The duo, however, did not stay tied long as Fraser-Pryce then went on to move second all-time when she clocked a breezy 10.78 to blow her opponents away in the final.

The result moved Fraser-Pryce to second all-time list behind the ageless sprint wonder Merlene Ottey.  Ottey achieved the feat some 67 times.  Double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson, currently the sprinter’s teammate and biggest rival in the event has achieved the mark 28 times.

The two are scheduled to face off at the Doha World Championship, in which both women seemed certain to add to their tally of sub-11 times.

 

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    Fraser-Pryce claimed a fourth World Championship 100m title after dismantling a quality field, once again ascending to an all too familiar top spot on the podium.  This time around, however, the journey to the gold medal was a different one for Fraser-Pryce. 

    It’s difficult to imagine that just two years ago Fraser-Pryce, then an expectant mother, watched the World Championships from the comfort of her living room.  That she has been able to not only recover to compete at the highest level but claim gold in a time just outside of her personal best is a remarkable set of circumstances in and of itself.  For Felix, on a difficult journey of her own after having her first child, the Jamaican serves as a source of inspiration to female athletes everywhere.

    “She’s amazing.  She is my friend.  She has helped me along this journey, and we encourage each other.  I am so happy for her and very encouraged for myself,” Felix told Nuffin Long Athletics.

    “Everyone’s situation is going to be different, but she shows that it’s possible.  I think more than anything she is an inspiration.”

    Felix, who had her daughter Camryn in November of last year, was a part of the United States squad for the World Championship but only managed to secure a place as a member of the relay team.  The six-time Olympic and 12-time World Championship gold medallist, however, has plans to be back in top shape in time for next year’s Olympic Games.

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