Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce returned to the top of women’s sprinting in fine style with a fourth world title at the IAAF World Championships in Doha on Sunday.
Eleven years after her first world title, Fraser-Pryce delivered on what had promised to something special after looking imperious in the opening rounds. The 32-year-old, who returned to the track two years after having her first child, clocked a blistering 10.71 to seal Jamaica’s second gold medal of the championship. The time was just one-hundredth of a second outside of her personal best.
A duel to the line with countrywoman and reigning Olympic champion Elaine Thompson, however, failed to materialize. Instead, it was Great Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith who claimed second place in a British national record 10.83 with the Ivory Coast’s Marie-Josee Ta Lou third in 10.90.
Thompson, who seemed not at her best in the earlier rounds, finished just outside the medals with a time of 10.93. The other Jamaican in the race Jonielle Smith finished sixth with a time of 11.06. The win for Fraser-Pryce added to world 100m titles in Berlin (1999), Moscow (2013) and Beijing (2015).