Jamaican sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce took her legendary status a notch higher on Day 3 of the World Championships in Oregon when she stormed to a Championship Record (CR) of 10.67s in the women’s 100m final to become the first ever athlete to win five titles in an individual running event at the World Championships.

It was such a fast race that seven of the eight finalists dipped inside 11s as the 35-year-old inspired teammates Shericka Jackson and Elaine Thompson-Herah to Silver and Bronze medals respectively in times of 10.73s and 10.81s, a Personal Best (PB) for Jackson and a first 100m medal for Thompson-Herah at the World Championships, making it the first Jamaican sweep in the women’s 100m at the Worlds.

Doha 2019 Silver medallist Dina Asher-Smith equalled her National Record (NR) of 10.83s in 4th as Swiss athlete Mujinga Kambundji settled for 5th in 10.91s.

Fraser-Pryce has shown no signs of slowing down since winning her first title in Berlin in 2009, extending her winning streak in the 100m to 2013, 2015, 2019 and 2022. She’s also won GOLD in the 200m in 2013 and four titles in the 4x100m, making her a 10-time World Champion. The track star claimed Silver medals in the 4x100m from Osaka 2007 and Daegu 2011 and will be looking forward adding more silverware in the 200m and 4x100m in Oregon.

She has amassed eight Olympic medals, including back-to-back 100m titles from Beijing 2008 and London 2012 and is ranked 3rd on the all-time 100m list with her lifetime best of 10.60s set a year ago.

Yemi Galadima is a Senior Sportswriter and Editor at Making of Champions. She has a bias for Athletics and was previously a Sports Reporter at the National Mirror, where she hosted a weekly column ‘On the Track with Yemi Olus’ for over two years. A self-acclaimed ‘athletics junkie’, she has covered national and international events live, such as the African Athletics Championships, African Games and IAAF World Championships. She also freelances for World Athletics.


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