Fraser Pryce has once again underlined her status as the Queen of the Sprints with a record third world championship 100 meters title at the World Athletics Championship in Beijing.
Despite not being quickest out of the blocks, the Jamaican queen got into her stride and drove down the track in 10.76 seconds to claim the prestigious gold medal.
The race which took place at the Bird’s Nest stadium in Beijing, coincidentally is the same arena where she won the first of her two Olympic gold medals at the 2008 Games.
In reacting to her win, she said;
“I will always work hard and do my best.”
“When I ran the heats, I remembered back at the 2008 Olympic Games when I was a 21-year-old.
“I expected nothing then. And I came out here again tonight and won a gold medal. I am really excited.”
Dafne Schippers who finished second with 10.81 seconds was more than satisfied with her performance and her second Dutch national record, she became the first European to win a medal in the 100 meters at a world championship since France’s Christine Arron in 2005.
Expressing her contentment, she said;
“It’s a national record, I’m second in the world, it’s crazy,” the 23-year-old, who won world heptathlon bronze in 2013, said.
“It’s good for the country and good for Europe. I was a little bit nervous in the semi-finals and after that I think, Okay, I’m in the final, anything is possible. My start was good, I thought I was close enough to medal. Wow.”
American Tori Bowie who finished third in 10.86 seconds was satisfied with her performance but vowed to do better in the next Olympics.
“I am delighted for the medal but I wished I showed a much better race,”
“I think I will be much more prepared for next year’s Olympics.
“Coming here, I did not know what to expect but I feel excited inside despite the fact it is not visible from the outside. This a major stepping stone for me.”
Former world champion Veronica Campbell-brown finished 4th with 10.91 seconds, while Trinidad and Tobago team mates Michelle-Lee Ahye (10.98) and Kelly-Ann Baptiste (11.01) finished fifth and sixth with the third Jamaican Natasha Morrison and Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare (both 11.02) seventh and eighth respectively.