Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce claims an eighth world title, winning the 100m in 10.71 – the fastest time in the world this year.
She’s a four-time 100m world champion, a two-time Olympic champion in the distance and she’s the first mum to win a 100m title since 1995.
“I HOPE I CAN GIVE INSPIRATION TO ALL THE WOMEN STARTING FAMILY OR THINKING OF STARTING A FAMILY. YOU CAN DO ANYTHING. IT’S ABOUT WHO YOU ARE AND WHY YOU STARTED IN THE FIRST PLACE.
“TO BE STANDING HERE AS WORLD CHAMPION AGAIN AFTER HAVING MY BABY, I AM ELATED. CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE LADIES. THE FEMALES KEEP SHOWING UP. WE LOVE TO PUT ON A PERFORMANCE AND FOR ME, I AM JUST REALLY HAPPY TO COME AWAY WITH THE WIN.
“I HAD NO SLEEP LAST NIGHT. LAST TIME I WAS AT A MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIP WAS IN 2016 AND THAT FEELING OF ‘OH MY GOD I NEED BED’ – IT WAS JUST NOT HAPPENING. FOR ME, IT IS JUST AN EXPERIENCE AND KNOWING SOME DAYS WILL BE GOOD BUT MENTAL TOUGHNESS WILL GET ME THROUGH.
“MY SON ZYON HAS BEEN MY STRENGTH, MY FAMILY AND HUSBAND HAVE BEEN MY STRENGTH. HAVING MY SON AND COMING BACK, PERFORMING THE WAY I DID, I HOPE I CAN GIVE INSPIRATION TO ALL THE WOMEN STARTING FAMILY OR THINKING OF STARTING A FAMILY. YOU CAN DO ANYTHING. IT’S ABOUT WHO YOU ARE AND WHY YOU STARTED IN THE FIRST PLACE.”
Silver goes to Dina Asher-Smith in a British record 10.83, with Marie Josee Ta Lou getting bronze in 10.90.
The gold was won by 50m, Asher-Smith was alongside Fraser-Pryce after ten yards, but the Jamaican got away thanks to her powerful drive phase, hitting top speed more quickly than the Briton and never looking like she’d surrender her lead.
For a moment, Asher-Smith began scrambling, allowing Ta Lou and Olympic champion Elaine Thompson to regain some ground, but the European champion relaxed into her stride and pulled clear.
That left just the bronze up for grabs, and Ta Lou was the more composed over the closing strides to get just ahead. She bagged the final podium spot by 0.03-seconds.