Two-time Olympic champion in the 100 meters Shelley-Ann Fraser-Price climbed the world’s fastest women’s 100m for nearly 33 years on Saturday and once again established herself as a favorite for third gold in Tokyo.
Fraser-Price, the Jamaican who won the world title in 2019, returning from birth, reached 10.63 seconds in a meeting in Kingston
This is the fourth best time in history. Only Florence Griffith Joyner went faster – 10.49, 10.61 and 10.62, all in 1988.
“I lost my words because 10.6 is a dream, a goal,” Fraser-Price said.
She improved the national record of 10.70, which she shared with the 201
Now 34, Fraser-Price is applying this summer to become the first woman to win an individual Olympic athletics competition three times, plus the oldest woman to win an individual Olympic sprint title.
Entering Saturday, the Olympic favorite looked like the 21-year-old American Sha’Kari Richardson, which have so far reached 10.72, 10.74 and 10.77 so far this spring.
Thompson-Hera is ranked third in the world this year with 10.78. Fraser-Price tracked both on Saturday with 10.84 from last week.
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Here is this 10.63 (1.6) PR BOMB from world champion Shelley-Ann Fraser-Price.
Now she is the second fastest of all time after only Flo-Jo. Let the games begin! pic.twitter.com/U4UcyKngrS
– Ato Boldon (@AtoBoldon) June 5, 2021
Shelley-Ann Fraser-Price @ 10.63! pic.twitter.com/EEVhLbbYbN
– Earl H Bailey (@BaldEagleJa) June 5, 2021