Despite chilly weather conditions in Switzerland on Thursday night, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce produced a lifetime performance having ran 10.60 [1.7] to become the third fastest woman in history over 100 metres.
Like a rocket launcher, the 35-year-old sprinter blazed to the lead right from the blocks but was almost catch on the finishing line by Tokyo 2020 Olympic gold medalist, Elaine Thompson-Herah who finished second in 10.64 seconds as Shericka Jackson once again completed the Jamaican swoop.
Fraser-Pryce’s 10.60 has not only become her new Personal Best [PB], but the new 100m dash record at the Diamond League meeting in Lausanne which was formerly held by American sprinter – Marion Jones [10.74].
Only 1988 Olympic champion, Florence Griffith-Joyner [10.49] and Elaine Thompson-Herah [10.54] has gone quicker than Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce [10.60].
Five fastest women’s 100m of all time:
1. 10.49 Florence Griffith-Joyner [USA] 16 July 1988, Indianapolis [USA]
2. 10.54 Elaine Thompson-Herah [Jamaica] 21 August 2021, Eugene [USA]
3. 10.60 Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce [Jamaica] 26 August 2021, Lausanne [Switzerland]
4. 10.64 Carmelita Jeter [USA] 20 September 2009, Shanghai [China]
5. 10.65 Marion Jones [USA] 12 September 1998, Johannesburg [South Africa]
By James K. Attaglo Wilson