Thirty-five year old Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce just became the World’s 100m champion. Again. For the fifth time! The Jamaican sprinter produced yet another trademark performance by winning her fifth 100m title at the World Championships in Oregon, US on Sunday.
Fraser-Pryce tore through the blocks before crossing the line in a championship record time of 10.67 seconds. She won her first world 100m title 13 years ago.
“It’s my favorite world title — doing it at 35, yes, I said 35,” Fraser-Pryce told reporters after the win.
“Whenever I’m healthy, I’m going to compete. I’m hungry, I’m driven and I always believe I can run faster and I’m not going to stop until I stop believing that,” she added.
In 2017, Fraser-Pryce had an emergency C-section when she had her son Zyon. The athelete took two years away from the track to rehabilitate and focus on motherhood.
Despite fears she would never reach the summit of the sport again, the Jamaican only improved year on year.
“To continue to do it at 35, having a baby, still going — hopefully, I’m inspiring women that they can make their own journey.”
The 35-year-old was followed over the line by compatriots Shericka Jackson and Elaine Thompson-Herah, who won silver and bronze respectively.
The same three Jamaican athletes completed a clean sweep of the medals at Tokyo 2020, with Fraser-Pryce coming second that day.