Shericka Jackson may have beaten world champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce over 100m in Brussels but normal service was resumed on Thursday night in Zurich as Fraser-Pryce sped to a meeting record equalling 10.65 (-0.8) – almost two metres up on Jackson (10.81).
It has been an astonishing year for the athlete who won her first Olympic title 14 years ago and she has easily produced the best series of marks by a woman sprinter in a calendar year.
This was her fourth best ever time but her fastest into a headwind and technically superior to her 10.60 PB with a generous 1.7 tailwind in Lausanne last year.
This year she has run 10.62, 10.65, 10.66 and 10.67 four times for a record seven sub 10.70’s. It wasn’t surprising she gained her fifth Diamond League title.
Even Florence Griffith-Joyner only broke 10.70 – with a legal wind – three times in her world record year of 1988 and the previous best was four such marks by five-time Olympic champion and the fastest woman alive Elaine Thompson-Herah last year.
Marie-Josee Ta Lou was a clear third in 10.91 with European and Commonwealth medallist Daryll Neita continuing her consistent season with a fourth place 11.02 just ahead of World finalist Aleia Hobbs.
Sha’Carri Richardson was seventh and in 11.13 while Natasha Morrison was disqualified for a false start.
World 200m champion Jackson though had a chance in the final women’s event to make up for her loss and she won easily in 21.80 (-0.9) over five metres clear of Olympic bronze medallist Gabrielle Thomas (22.38) and fellow Americans Tamara Clark (22.42) and Jenna Prandini (22.45).