She spent most of the build-up to her latest success crying in pain and questioning herself. But when it mattered most, there was no stopping Jamaica’s ‘Pocket Rocket’, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, as she made a joke of what was supposed to be one of the most competitive races at the 2013 IAAF World Championships of Athletics.
It was hardly a race as Fraser-Pryce added to her bulging medal cabinet with an authoritative demolition of the women’s 100m field, taking the gold medal with a season-leading 10.71 in what was an otherwise miserable day for Jamaica in Moscow, Russia.
Muriel Ahoure was second in a distant 10.93, while Carmelita Jeter finished third in 10.94, with Kerron Stewart running fifth in 10.97.
It was a surprising end, even for the two-time Olympic and now two-time world champion, who hobbled through the mixed zone and complained of pain after Sunday’s heats.
Fraser-Pryce’s gold now brings Jamaica’s medal tally to three (two gold, one bronze).
“To come out and see the huge margin that I won by, I was like, ‘It cannot be real!'” Fraser-Pryce exclaimed.
“After the semi-final, I went around the back and started to feel a pain below my butt and I was really nervous and started to cry and I said to myself that this was an opportunity to trust God 100 per cent and that this would be fine,” she added, showing off her flashy pink spikes.
“It was lots of hard work and commitment. This is what I worked for; this was the year that I was out of school and completely focused on getting this done,” she added. She also noted that she was never bothered by what was being said after her loss to Blessing Okagbare in London a few weeks ago.
“I knew I was doing well in the 100m and that I was focused. When I ran that time in the Diamond League in London – in the semi-final – I knew then that I was ready. All I had to do was go back and do some more work, also on the start.
“Most people in the race are closers, when they get to the 70m mark, they are opening up, but I knew I had an advantage and that was what I was focused on,” Fraser-Pryce shared.
The sprinter, Jamaica’s female team captain, will now turn her attention to the 200m – which starts on Thursday – looking to build on last year’s Olympic silver medal in that event.
“I have more confidence I guess, I am looking forward to doing the double. Last year, was just for experience and this year I know exactly what to do now,” said Fraser-Pryce, who has now won five individual medals at the five major, international championships in which she has competed.