World champion, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has spoken about the rivalry in the women’s 100m after watching some of her compatriots finished the preliminary round in the sprint event at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games with some outrageous times.
Fraser-Pryce, the fastest woman alive completed her heat in 10.84 seconds, ahead of Ajla del Ponte [10.91] as Nigeria’s Grace Nwokocha finished in 11.00 seconds.
According to the 34-year-old sprint GOAT, she sees every athletes as a possible rival.
“Oh, there’s rivalry with everybody. All female athletes are showing up and you’re competing so I don’t focus on just one individual.
“If you notice the heat, that’s some really quick running, so you just have to make sure that you’re ready.
“And I think it’s good for females sprinting. It’s long overdue and I’m hoping that it definitely is up to the expectation.”
“These are some of the quickest fields in the history of the event,” she added.
Only the late Florence Griffith-Joyner [10.62] has the quickest legal 100m time than Fraser-Pryce’s 10.63 seconds she achieved at the 2021 Jamaican Athletics Trials at the National Stadium in Kingston.
Her colleagues, Elaine Thompson-Herah and Shericka Jackson are in the top four fastest time in 2021 category, only Sha’Carri Richardson comes into the equation.
Ivorian sprinter, Marie-Josee Ta-Lou ran the fastest time [10.78] in the women’s 100m heat, followed by Elaine Thompson-Herah [10.82] and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce who finished her race in 10.84 seconds.
By James K. Attaglo Wilson