Elaine Thompson and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce both clocked a world-leading time of 10.73s while Briana Williams set records of her own with a 10.94s finish, in a dramatic women’s 100m final at the Supreme Ventures/JAAA National Championships on Friday night.

The most highly anticipated race of the championships exceeded expectations as the two MVP teammates and the 17-year-old raced to the line aided by a mile wind of 0.6m/s. Williams’ time was a USA high school record, a World U18 best as well the fourth fastest U20 time.

Fraser-Pryce, 32, led but was caught late by Thompson, who broke out into tears afterwards.

“Honestly, for the last two years I have been battling an Achilles injury, last year was up and down for me and I didn’t get to perform to the best of my ability. My fastest time last year was 10.93 so for me to come back here and run a 10.7 is awesome,” she said.

She said the win and the time have given a boost to her confidence.

“It has boosted my confidence sky-high,” she said, promising to get back to work to continue preparing for the World Championships in September.

Meanwhile, Fraser-Pryce said she was grateful to be able to get back to the times that made her the best in the world for close to a decade.

“I feel good,” she said. “The execution wasn’t all that but my first time running back 10.7, I feel good about that and I am looking forward to taking it from there. I am looking for the opportunity to race some more.”

Williams, who at 17 years and three months, set a new national junior record for the second time on the night. Running with a 105-degree fever after catching the flu from her mother Sharon, Williams lived up to the hype that has surrounded her since she ran a world age-group record in Jacksonville in March last year.

“I was looking for the two Olympic champions to push me to help me run 10.9 and they did,” she said explaining that breaking 11 seconds was a special moment for her now that she has booked a ticket to Doha later this year.

“It means a lot. This is what I trained for all year and just to make the team at 17 is amazing. 10.9, I didn’t know it was going to happen. It happened this time,” she said giddily.

Meanwhile, Yohan Blake won the men’s title with a season-best 9.96s leaving Tyquendo Tracey 10.00 and Rasheed Dwyer (10.10) in his wake.

Source: Leighton Levy