Even by her high standards, Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce, ‘Mommy Rocket’, soared into another universe last night further cementing her place as one of the greatest female sprinters ever.
Pryce captured her fifth world 100 metres title in a championship record 10.67 seconds, leading a Jamaica sweep, and ensuring that the National Anthem will play at Hayward Field for the first time at this World Athletics Championships. Shericka Jackson set a new personal best of 10.73 for second while double sprint Olympic champion Elaine Thompson Herah was third in 10.81.
It is the third time that Jamaica has swept the 100m event at a major championship. It is also the third time that Fraser-Pryce has run 10.67 this season which is the fastest time in the world this year. She erased American Marion Jones’ 10.70 championship record.
In an interview with Television Jamaica (TVJ), she said that in terms of her execution, it is her best yet at a World Championship but still feels she could have done more
“Possibly, yes. But there are so many areas that I can improve on. You want to run a good race but at the same time, you are thinking about winning. Today (yesterday), I was able to get the win and I am grateful for that,” Fraser-Pryce said.
Fraser-Pryce after the first round promised the Jamaica fans in Eugene that the women would dominate and they delivered on that promise to the roars of the crowd. After the American men had their time on Saturday after with 100m sweep, it was Jamaica’s turn to get out the brooms to clean up the fast track at Hayward Field.
However, Tokyo Olympic champion Hansle Parchment suffered misfortune as he was forced to withdraw from the men’s 110m hurdles final after suffering an injury prior to the start of the race. Parchment had the second fastest time going into the final with 13.02. World leader Devon Allen of the United States was disqualified because of a false start. His compatriot Grant Holloway defended his title with a time of 13.03. Orlando Bennett and Rasheed Broadbell did not make it to the final.
Jaheel Hyde advanced to his first senior championship final after finishing second in his 400m hurdles semi-final heat, clocking 49.09 seconds. Shawn Rowe was not so fortunate as he finished eighth in 49.80 missing out on the final as well as Kemar Mowat who clocked 48.59 in his semi-final heat.
Hyde said that he wanted to leave no doubt of his place in the final
“I had to take it by any means necessary but I am pretty happy,” Hyde said.
National champion Jevaughn Powell failed to qualify for the semi-finals of the men’s 400m clocking 46.42 to finish fourth in heat three a time that was not good enough to advance as a non-automatic qualifier. Christopher Taylor ensured an automatic berth by finishing second in heat two clocking 45.68. Nathon Allen also progressed finishing third in his heat, clocking 46.61.
After only arriving in Eugene on Saturday, discus thrower Chad Wright competed in group A of the men’s discus qualifying round. However, his best effort of 60.31m was not enough to advance to the final. Traves Smikle and Fedrick Dacres advanced to the final, both finishing in the top 12.
Meanwhile Jamaica women’s team captain Stephenie-Ann McPherson, national champion Candice McLeod and World Championship debutant Charokee Young all progressed to the semi-finals of the women’s 400m. McPherson had the fastest time among the qualifiers winning a strong heat in 50.16. Young finished fourth in her heat in 51.84 but advanced as a non-automatic qualifier.
Young said that the demands of a long college season took a toll but says that her recovery will be important for her to get her body back in sync.
“My body just reacted a little bit differently than I thought it would have and I think that’s just because I’ve had a long season. I think the heat was fine. I just have to approach the race a little bit differently the next time and get as much recovery as possible,”
McLeod who ran out of lane one in her heat finished second in 50.76 seconds advancing automatically.
Jamaica will be in action in today’s evening session starting at 7:05 p.m with the first round of men’s 200m as well as the 200m women which starts at 8 p.m. In the field, Samantha Hall will make her World Championship debut in group B of the women’s discus at 8:35 p.m The women’s triple jump final will take place at 7:20 p.m with Jamaica having three participants for the first time in a major championship final. It will feature World Championship silver medalist Shanieka Ricketts, Kimberly Williams and Ackelia Smith who is also making her World Championship debut.