Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is a 2-time Olympic and a 4-time World Championships winner at 100 meters event.
She is also the only woman to win a World Championships title after becoming a mother.
And, wait, the oldest at that.
Anything I write beyond this will pale in comparison, but let me try.
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce’s eleven-year reign over the 100m:
Year Event Gold Medal Time
2008 Olympics 10.78
2009 Worlds 10.73
2012 Olympics 10.70
2013 Worlds 10.71
2015 Worlds 10.76
2019 Worlds 10.71
— Wayne Chen (@wcchen) September 30, 2019
A decade after her maiden World Championships title, Shelly-Ann did it for the fourth time.
Unlike her previous appearances, though, the victory wasn’t really anticipated this time. She was coming after a break that she took while pregnant and was competing with the best around the world.
However, in her typical style, she did what had never been done before.
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica is the 100m GOAT:
4th-fastest ever, with an unmatched 100m medal collection: FOUR 100m world titles in 10 years, along with TWO consecutive Olympic 100m golds and a bronze: https://t.co/RDVs1fFdja
— Ato Boldon (@AtoBoldon) September 30, 2019
She clocked 10.71 seconds – which was exactly the same time she took to clinch her second title at the tournament.
— Jared Cruz-Aedo (@jaredcruzaedo) September 29, 2019
What stood out, though, were the pictures of Shelly-Ann holding her kid after the victory. “This is a victory for motherhood,” she told AP.
In 2009 we knew her as Pocket Rocket, in 2019 she’s Mommy Rocket!
We say a big congratulations to Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce as she wins her 4th World Championship title!
— Television Jamaica (@televisionjam) September 29, 2019
And in another interview given to CNN, she said:
My secret is just staying humble and just know who you are as a person and athlete and just continue to work hard. It’s a wonderful feeling having my son witnessing this.
“The females keep showing up.” — Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce, holding 2-year-old Zyon, after winning the world 100m title at age 32, oldest ever and 11 years after her Olympic debut title in 2008 (when she wore braces). pic.twitter.com/d4qHieGLJS
— Nick Zaccardi (@nzaccardi) September 29, 2019
Her 2-year-old son Zyon even joined her on the field, making it one of the most historic images of our times.
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