Fraser-Pryce clocks 10.63 Seconds, Sets new 100m national record
KINGSTON, Jamaica, June 5, 2021 - Jamaica’s Olympic 100m sprint queen Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, this morning clocked a stunning 10.63 seconds (1.3m/s) in the 100 metre.
Fraser-Pryce, who won the 2019 World title after taking time off to have her baby boy, set 10.63 as a new national record, at this morning's third staging of the Jamaica Olympic Association/Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association Olympic Destiny Series at the national stadium in Kingston.
Behold this 10.63 (1.6) PR BOMB from World champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.
She’s now second fastest of all time behind only Flo-Jo. Let the games begin! pic.twitter.com/U4UcyKngrS
— Ato Boldon (@AtoBoldon) June 5, 2021
That’s the fourth-best time in history. Only Florence Griffith Joyner went faster — 10.49, 10.61 and 10.62, all in 1988.
Fraser-Pryce bettered the national record of 10.70 that she shared with 2016 Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah. She had a season's best 10.84 seconds, moved past Americans Marion Jones-10.65 seconds and Carmelita Jeter- 10.64 seconds into second all-time behind world record holder, the late Florence Griffith-Joyner-10.49 seconds.
This is the world’s fastest women’s 100m in nearly 33 years, and has re-established Fraser-Pryce as the favorite for a third Olympic gold medal in Tokyo. Now 34, Fraser-Pryce hopes this summer to become the first woman to win one individual Olympic track and field event three times.
Going into Saturday, the Olympic favorite appeared to be 21-year-old American Sha’Carri Richardson, who clocked 10.72, 10.74 and 10.77 so far this spring.
Thompson-Herah ranks third in the world this year with a 10.78. Fraser-Pryce trailed both of them coming into Saturday with a 10.84 from last week.
Writing in the Jamaica Observer, veteran sports journalist Paul Reid said "Fraser-Pryce was as stunned as anyone else who witnessed her blazing run saying afterwards, “honestly no I wasn't coming out here to run that fast, thank God that I finish healthy.”
She said she was able to relax and run as “there was no pressure just wanted to get one more race in before the national trials.”
Reid observed that "she did hint that she can run faster however, “If I am able to run 10.6 now and trials is some time away, this year I just wanted to break the 10.7 barrier so now I can focus on making the team to the Olympics.”