As if Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce’s claim to the status of the greatest female sprinter of all time needed additional credentials, the double Olympic gold medallist and World Champion, delivered a reminder that she is not done yet.
While competing at the JOA/JAAA Olympic Destiny Series at the National Stadium in Kingston today, the Pocket Rocket delivered another reminder of her greatness, clocking 10.63 seconds to become the fastest woman alive and the second fastest woman in history.
The run also broke the former national record of 10.70 which Fraser-Pryce and 2016 Olympic gold medallist Elaine Thompson-Herah shared.
The 10.63 is the fastest time run by a woman in the event in almost 33-years and comes just over three years after Fraser-Pryce’s return to the track.
The now ‘Mommy Rocket’ took a year off after giving birth to her son.
Among those leading the congratulations on Fraser-Pryce’s historic feat is Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness.
In a post on Twitter, Prime Minister Holness hailed the iconic Jamaican and said “Shelly is a fine example of what talent, discipline and determination may achieve”.
More congratulations came from one of the women who Fraser-Pryce overtook on her way to second place in the all-time fastest women’s 100m ranking, Carmelita Jeter.
Fraser-Pryce’s 10.63 eclipses Jeter’s best ever run of 10.64 to make the American the third fastest woman of all time.
Jeter encouraged the Pocket Rocket to keep motivating the next generation of sprinters.
Jamaica is now home to the fastest living man and woman and the other sprint GOAT, Usain Bolt, recognised the magnitude of Fraser-Pryce’s run.
Meanwhile, the 21-year-old American who was the fastest in the world this year, Sha’Carrie Richardson, raised some eyebrows on twitter when she delivered a tongue in cheek response to the gauntlet laid down by the fastest woman alive.
Fraser-Pryce will now turn her attention to the National Trials set for June 24-27 before continuing preparation for the Tokyo Olympics.
The Jamaican has reiterated that she’s the one to beat later this year in her quest to become the first woman to win an individual Olympic track and field event three times, plus the oldest woman to win an individual Olympic sprint title.