Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica wins the women’s 100m during the Wanda Diamond League 2022, Meeting de Paris (Athletics) on June 18, 2022 at Charlety stadium in Paris, France. (Shutterstock)
By WiredJA News Team
The Jamaican women have done it again, by producing yet another historic Track and Field clean sweep. This time in the final of the women’s 100 meters event at the World Athletics Championships 2022 here at the historic Hayward Field in Eugene Oregon.
After dominating the rounds of the women’s 100 metres event, the Jamaicans led by Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce defended her world title with a 10.67 seconds performance. Compatriots Shericka Jackson clocked a personal best of 10.73 seconds to secure the silver medal while Elaine Thompson-Herah clocked 10.81, to capture the bronze medal.
The two-time Olympic champion got off to a brilliant start and went on to hold off the rest of the field in claiming an astonishing fifth world 100m title. Fraser-Pryce became the first person to win five world championships titles in an individual running event.
The Jamaican team swept the women’s 100m at the Olympic Games in 2008 and 2021 but became the first nation to complete a medal sweep in the event at the world championships.
Seven of the eight women in the final broke 11-seconds, with the exception of American Melissa Jefferson who clocked 11.03 seconds.
Fraser-Pryce, who initially contemplated retirement after the World Championships in Oregon, became the first person to win five world titles in an individual running event and, at 35, breaks Justin Gatlin’s record as the oldest world champion in an individual event on the track.
The Jamaican sprinter also breaks a tie for most medals in the event with USA’s Carmelita Jeter and Jamaica’s Merlene Ottey (JAM), who both won 4 medals.