Montego Bay, Jamaica – February 13 2016: Shelly Ann Fraser Pryce after anchoring and winning the 4x100M Relay at the 2016 Milo Western Relays in the Catherine Hall Stadium, Montego Bay, Jamaica. – Image
By Gregory Molette, The Jasmine Brand
A queen has been crowned, again over the weekend (Sept. 29th), during Sunday’s women’s 100m final, the Jamaican and six-time Olympic medalist, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce finished the race with a time of 10.71. Marked as her fourth world championship title and eighth world title overall, the-32-year-old track star’s victory comes after a break to birth her now 2-year-old son, Zyon. She shared the special moment an Instagram reflecting on her win, highlighting her pregnancy two years ago and losing a family member that left her unsure if she’d return to track and field. After her crowning as fastest woman, she reflects on working with no sleep.
“I had no sleep last night. Last time I was at a major championship was 2016 and I just could not sleep with nerves. But with mental toughness, you will get what you want.”
Her son, who watched from the audience, gave Shelly-Ann some extra motivation, she adds:
“I can’t believe it. I worked so hard to be back. The field was so strong I had to come good here and I’m so excited to come out with the victory. Zyon and my husband have been my strength. When everybody else doubted me, they never did. It’s down to them that I am here again.”
After becoming a mom, she says the process of getting back into shape was difficult. She tells the Associated Press, “For 10 weeks, I couldn’t lift weights on my back. And mentally, it’s even harder because you’re 30, you’re having a baby, the females are out there running fast. You wonder if you can come back. For me, I just worked really hard.”
Shelly-Ann, up to six combined Olympic and world 100m titles, became the first mom to win the sport’s marquee sprint at an Olympics or worlds since Gwen Torrence in 1995. She is also the oldest. Congratulations!