Jamaican sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is now the fastest woman in the world.
The two-time Olympic champion ran the 100-meter in 10.63 seconds in a national practice warm-up event in Kingston, Jamaica on Saturday.
Only one woman, American sprinter Florence Griffith Joyner, has ever set a better time: 10.49 seconds. Flo-Jo, who died in 1998, achieved the three fastest times in the history of the 100 meters in 1988: 10.49, 10.61 and 10.62. Fraser-Pryce’s last race made her the second fastest woman of all time.
34 year old man told reporters after the race she was at a loss for words.
“It’s about being patient and enjoying the process,” said the sprinter, later adding, “I didn’t expect to run 10.6 and I think that’s a good thing because it doesn’t there was no pressure. ”
Fraser-Pryce set its precedent personal best time at 10.70 seconds in 2012 and could make history in the next 2021 Olympics by becoming the first woman to win an individual Olympic track and field event three times, according to NBC Sports.
The Olympic champion celebrated her recent record breaking feat earlier this week on Instagram, sharing a photo of herself posing next to a board with her recorded time.
“Here I am, mother of Zyon, 34 years old [and] The fastest woman in the world !!! , ”she wrote.
Fraser-Pryce received a lot of praise this week, including thanks from Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holmes, who praised the track and field star on Twitter this weekend.
“#Shelly is a great example of what talent, discipline and determination can accomplish. We are proud of our global ambassador, ”he wrote. “We are celebrating that she broke the national record and became the fastest woman in the world.”
Retired American sprinter Carmelita Jeter, who previously held the fastest women’s title alive with her personal best in the 100 meters at 10.64 seconds, also shared her support for Fraser-Pryce on Twitter.
“I just woke up to incredible news. @realshellyannfp has done it again, ”she wrote. “I give credit when it’s due. You have just returned from having a child and have shown the world how talented and motivated you are. You are officially the fastest [Woman] Living. Keep motivating these young Queens. “
Fraser-Pryce responded to Jeter’s praise on Twitter, writing, “As true as they come !! Thanks Jet! “
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