Fraser-Pryce the Greatest


Leading track and field analyst, Hubert Lawrence says Golden Girl, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, is beyond question the greatest 1-hundred metres women sprinter in history.

Fraser Pryce clocked 10.76 seconds today to become the first woman to win three World Championship titles in the short sprint.

Her success has lifted Jamaica into second on the medal table behind Kenya, with two-gold and one bronze.

Many women sprinters including Gail Devers, Merlene Ottey, Gwen Torrence, Veronica Campbell Brown and Wyomia Tyus have done well in the marquee event of any athletics championships, the 100 metres.

But Hubert Lawrence says there’s no doubt that Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce is the greatest of them all.

Today, Fraser Pryce, who’s dubbed the ‘Pocket Rocket’, got her customary bullet start leaving, in her wake Dutch woman, Dafne Schippers, 10.81 and American Tory Bowie, 10.86, along with five other rivals.

The Jamaican pointed to the sky meters from the finish, allowing Schippers to narrow the gap.

But the former Wolmer’s star was not in danger of being caught.

Campbell-Brown,10.91 narrowly missed out on a medal, placing fourth, while Natasha Morrison clocked 11.02 seconds to finish down the pack.

Fraser Pryce has now won seven senior Olympic and World Championship medals, six gold and one silver.

For Hubert Lawrence, the Jamaican still has a bit more work to do to separate herself from Wyomia Tyus and Gail Devers and be considered the greatest sprinter ever.

Fraser Pryce’s victory today comes one day after Usain Bolt turned back the highly touted American two time doping offender Justin Gatlin, to underline Jamaica’s credentials as the sprint mecca of the world.

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