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  • Writer's pictureSavannah Miscik

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce: The "Mommy Rocket" Wins Fifth World Title

Updated: Jul 28, 2022

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, representing Jamaica, became the only five-time world champion in one track and field event with her win in the Women’s 100-meter sprint. She now has two more championships than fellow Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt. Fraser-Pryce finished with a time of 10.67 seconds, beating out frontrunner (and fellow Jamaican) Elaine Thompson-Herah by .14 seconds.

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce in action at the 2022 World Athletics Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, OR on June 18. Photo/Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Fraser-Pryce also won world championships in 2009, 2013, 2015, and 2019, with Olympic golds in 2008 and 2012. A mother to son Zyon (born 2017), her win in 2019 made her the first mother to win a world title in 24 years.

She won silver in the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, coming in second to Thompson-Herah with a large difference of .13 seconds separating them. Not wanting to settle, Fraser-Pryce worked extensively to get back on top. She explained in Sunday’s on-track interview, “I went back home and I worked and I worked and I came out here, and I had the success.”

This win makes her the oldest woman to win a world 100-meter title at the age of 35. Not to mention her sprint on Sunday was her fastest run of her career. When asked about her success as a veteran competitor, she remarked, “So many people believe that when women turn 35, it somehow diminishes our gift, our talent. But I’m still able to line up and compete, and that is very special.”

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