Shelly Ann Frraser-Pryce has done as expected and won the 100m final at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China. Shelly Ann won in 10.82 and became the first woman to win 3 World Championships gold medals.
As was the case in almost all her previous races, the ‘Pocket Rocket,’ Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce led from start to finish. Compatriot Veronica Campbell-Brown did well at 33 years old, to finished 4th. The other Jamaican in the race, Natasha Morrison, finished 7th.
The surprise of the final though, was the run of Dutch sprinter, Dafne Schippers. The tall Dutch woman (the Dutch have the tallest average height in the world) recovered from a bad start to close in fast on Fraser-Pryce. The diminutive Jamaican started celebrating before reaching the finish line, but was so far ahead of Schippers that the fast closing Dutch did not catch her (although she came close). Her time of 10.81 is a new Dutch National Record. Schippers will be a worthy adversary for the Jamaicans in the future.
Jamaica’s medal haul is now at 3. Shelly Ann’s victory follows O’Dayne Richard’s bronze medal in the Men’s Shot Put and Usain’s Bolt’s gold in the Men’s 100 metres. Jamaica has once again copped both the men’s and women’s 100 metres, continuing the dynasty that began in Beijing 7 years ago at the 2008 Olympics.
At the time of writing, Jamaica is in second position (in the world) behind Kenya in the IAAF World Championships medal table.