Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce claims Diamond League and World Champs, by Alex Mills


Fraser_ShellyAnneFH-Beijing15.JPGShelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce wins the WC 100m!, August 24, 2015, photo by

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce won the 100 meters with the style of this Jamaican super star. One of my favorite interviews over the years, SAFP works her butt off. I like her sense of humor and her work ethic. This season, she had some of the toughest competition ever, and she rose to the top.

Part of it, for the Jamaican pocket-rocket is her racing savy and also her focus.

Here is Alex Mills' piece on her DL and World Champs wins, with the DL at Zurich. Alex was one of the three writers we had for @runblogrun at Zurich (Cathal Dennehy, Stuar Weir and Alex Mills).


Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce crowned another great season of consistency and speed as she claimed the Diamond League title in the women's 100m to further reiterate her position as the world's best sprinter just a week after retaining her world championship title.

Running in lane four, the pocket rocket lived up to her nickname as she stormed out of the blocks to move away from her rivals by the halfway point, and never look back. Though she was given a late challenge by a much improved Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor, the result never looked in doubt as she stayed strong and held on for victory in 10.93 seconds, with the Nigerian second in 10.98s and Tori Bowie third in 11.06.

The win on the evening secured the Jamaican, who has been unbeaten since her first race of the season, a fourth Diamond League trophy in total and her third over the 100m, making her undoubtably the most successful sprinter in the completion's history.

After a difficult 2014 where she struggled with injuries, the sprinter seemed delighted at how her season had gone, asked where it against the her best she said it was up there, although she admitted some there had been some disappointment: "I think it [2015] ranks pretty much the same as the other great seasons for me." she said. "My biggest goals coming into this year were to defend my world title and I got that, but also equal on that list was to run a personal best time. It didn't happen and we can question why it didn't but there's a reason for everything so I look forward to trying to do it the next time I race."

As for what she took from last season's disappointment, the sprinter said she was just pleased to have turned up and competed against the best despite her injury troubles, rather than running scared.

On a less serious note, after having so many striking haircuts throughout the season, RunBlog Run asked Fraser-Pryce what her favourite had been, to which she answered unanimously, the green! "It was fantastic it was so outside of the box in that we decided oh, I'm doing my whole hair green opposed to the ends, it was a risk and I think my flowers helped it pay off, it was awesome." she said.

To top off an already excellent evening for the athlete, she then anchored her country to a DLR and MR in the women's 4*100m in 41.60 ahead of a fast finishing Team USA.

An exciting end to a fantastic 2015!

Never under estimate the Jamaican pocket-rocket, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce!

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