Stuart Weir wrote this piece on the fabulous Women’s 100 meters in Brussels today, 2 September 2022. This was an amazingly deep 100 meters, and Shericka Jackson won a big one over Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce. Marie Jose Ta-Lou, Aleia Hobbs, and Sha’Carri Richardson all there.
Stuart did a nice job with this one.
A Jamaican win was on the cards, but it was Shericka Jackson who took the honors from World Champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce but only by 1/100th of a second. The final result was:
1 Shericka Jackson 10.73
2 Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce 10.74
3 Marie-Josee Ta Lou 10.78
4 Aleia Hobbs 10.91
5 Sha’Carri Richardson 10.93
That Richardson ran 10.93 and was fifth says it all!
Marie-Josee Ta Lou told me, “the time was good, but the result was not”. 10.78 equaled her second fastest time ever – she ran 10.72 earlier this year. She will be 34 in November but, like SAFP, shows no signs of slowing with age.
Shericka Jackson, who is world-class at 100, 200, and 400, said: “It takes a lot of hard work to beat Shelly-Ann; she’s a tough cookie to beat. So you need to keep working hard if you want to win. Tonight I had a good execution of my race, so I’m happy with that”.
Shelly seemed to get out well but was caught by Jackson late in the race. Having had to pull out of Lausanne with a tight muscle – a scan later showed that there was no serious damage – her first comment on the race was: “I am happy that I finished without any injury.”
She gave credit to her fellow Jamaican, saying: “Shericka showed tonight that when we line up, anyone has a chance to win.” Of her own performance, the assessment was: “Technically, I don’t think my execution was good. I will go back, look at the race and move on from that”.
I wondered if 10.7 was a disappointing time as she was regularly running 10.6s, but she assured me, “10.7 is still good,” adding: “You go out and compete, and you can’t take it for granted. I feel okay about today´s race it wasn´t anything spectacular”.
Earlier in the week, Shelly had created headlines, challenging Mondo Duplantis to a 100m race. I could not let the moment pass without an update on the planned race. She told me: “I will definitely have to change my training now I am taking on Mondo. I don’t know what his PB is. I heard 10.5, and I heard 10.7, but if it is in that ballpark, I think he is in a bit of trouble”.
Exit stage right giggling.
See Shelly challenge Mondo
— Mondo Duplantis (@mondohoss600) September 1, 2022