Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has made history. The Jamaican sprinter ran a world-leading 10.62 seconds in the Monaco Diamond League women’s 100m final on Wednesday. In doing so, Fraser-Pryce became the first woman to record a time under 10.7 seconds six times in a single season.
American Olympic legend Florence Griffith-Joyner currently holds the women’s 100m world record of 10.49 seconds, which was set back in 1988. time. While the world record is the best ever achieved in the event, the world best time is the best time achieved in the current season, which is now held by Fraser-Pryce.
In the end, Fraser-Pryce won Wednesday’s race by a metre. Teammate Sherika Jackson also set a personal best of 10.71 seconds while trying to make history alongside Fraser-Pryce. Marie-Jose Ta Lou of Ivory Coast came in third with a time of 10.72 seconds.
“This is amazing. It is very difficult to maintain the speed at such a high level. I’m in my late thirties and I think I can give more.” – Fraser-Pryce said after the race, according to CNN.
It was an impressive career for Fraser-Pryce, who was forced to retire from the sport for two years. She had to have an emergency C-section when her son Zion was born in 2017.
In July, Fraser-Pryce earned her record-breaking fifth 100m title by winning the World Championships.