Fraser-Pryce runs third fastest 100m ever

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce waves to the Lausanne crowd after the third fastest 100m ever by a woman.
Camera IconShelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce waves to the Lausanne crowd after the third fastest 100m ever by a woman. Credit: AP

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has clocked the third-fastest women's 100 metres in history to earn revenge over big rival, Jamaican compatriot and Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah at the Athletissima meeting.

Fraser-Pryce surged clear from the blocks and was timed at 10.60 seconds at Thursday's Diamond League meeting, with Thompson-Herah 0.04 back. A cooling tailwind at 1.7 metres per second was within the legal limit.

The 34-year-old Fraser-Pryce took 0.03 off the personal best she set in Jamaica in June, nine years after winning her second Olympic title in the 100.

"It's been a long season but for me I never give up, keep working hard and staying committed to the task," she said.

Both she and her big rival have improved their times since Thompson-Herah retained her Olympic title in Tokyo in a blazing 10.61, while Fraser-Pryce took silver in 10.74.

On Saturday, Thompson-Herah took her personal best down to 10.54 at the Prefontaine meeting in Eugene, Oregon - second in the all-time list behind Florence Griffith Joyner's 33-year-old world record of 10.49.

Fraser-Pryce is also having the fastest season of her career, four years after giving birth to a son.

"I'm happy that I was able to still show up and show women that it's definitely possible to have your career, start your family, and come back," she said.

A packed stadium of about 12,000 spectators saw the first six runners in the 100 dip below 11 seconds. Olympic bronze medallist Shericka Jackson was again third in 10.92 behind her compatriots.

It was a night for shocks with Olympic champions Selemon Barega, Armand Duplantis, Steven Gardiner, Emmanuel Korir, Hansle Parchment and Karsten Warholm all getting beaten, although Ryan Crouser extended his winning streak to 21 meetings as he again blew away the opposition in the shot.

Australia's top Olympians fell a little short in their competitions with high jump silver medallist Nicola McDermott finishing third with a 1.95m leap behind Russian winner Mariya Lasitskene.

Stewart McSweyn again had to give best to the brilliant Norwegian 1500m king Jakob Ingebrigtsen in the 3,000, finishing third in 7min 35.06sec, while Linden Hall was overhauled in the home straight of the 1500m by Ethiopian Freweyni Gebreezibeher and had to settle for the runners-up spot.

Canada's Marco Arop again upset Korir in the 800m, holding off the Kenyan for a winning time of 1:44.50 as Australian Peter Bol came home in ninth place.

Norway's 400m hurdles Olympic gold medallist Warholm ran in the flat 400m but faded in the home straight to finish fourth as American Wilbert London dipped first over the line to pip veteran Isaac Makwala from Botswana.

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