Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce won her fifth world 100m title on Sunday in Eugene, Oregon, leading an unprecedented Jamaican podium clean sweep. Fraser-Pryce had an electric start and led from gun to tape at Hayward Field, winning in a championship record of 10.67 seconds.
Her blonde and green-tinted hair flailed in the breeze as she jogged through her victory lap, pausing to pose for photos with fans who cheered her as loudly as anyone else. Fraser-Pryce was all smiles on Sunday, which was a far cry from her reaction last year in Tokyo, where she finished second by 0.13 seconds.
Shericka Jackson took silver in a personal best of 10.73sec, with four-time Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson-Herah claiming bronze (10.81).
It is the first time a nation had swept the medals in the women’s 100m at the world athletics which came just a day after Fred Kerley led a US sweep of the men’s 100m title, albeit for the third time in worlds history.
Fraser-Pryce is also the first athlete in history to win five gold medals in a single track event at the World Athletics Championships, with golds in the 100m in 2009, 2013, 2015, and 2019.
The Jamaican sweep provided a brief respite from what has become a distinctly American spectacle in the first worlds to be held in the United States.