Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce accelerates again in Monaco

The Jamaican again produced an impressive performance on the Rock, as did Noah Lyles and Faith Kipyengo.

Crowned world champion in the queen race for the fifth time less than a month ago, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce continues to accelerate. In 10”62, the Jamaican rocket still improved the best world performance of the year over 100m in Monaco on Wednesday. Perhaps even more impressive, Fraser-Pryce ran in the Monegasque heat (around 28 degrees) his sixth 100m of the year in less than 10”70. An unprecedented regularity over a season for a sprinter, who is also 35 years old.

It is even his third 100m under this time bar in the space of four days, after his 10”66 achieved on Saturday in Chorzow, Poland, and his 10”67 on Monday in Szekesfehervar, Hungary, as in the world final mid-July in Eugene (United States). “I did what I had to do and the clock spoke. The Monaco track is just awesome, super fast. Being able to run consistently in 10”6 means a lot to me. It’s remarkable, it’s very difficult to maintain such a speed», Appreciates the three-time Olympic champion and ten-time world champion. “I am in the second half of my thirties” most “I have the feeling that I still have (things) to give“, she repeats race after race.

Exceptional season

With 10.62 (wind: +0.4 m/s), she signed the sixth best performance in history on the straight, just two hundredths of a second from her personal best set in 2021 (10.60 ). Only two athletes have ever run faster in the 100m: fellow reigning Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah (10.54 in 2021), and world record holder, American Florence Griffith-Joyner (10.49 in 1988). His ambition for the rest of the season? “Beat his personal record“, respond “SAFP», which dispossessed the American Marion Jones of the Monegasque meeting record (10”72 in 1998).

Now expected in the Diamond League in Brussels on September 2, not yet decided for Lausanne a week earlier, the Jamaican will “take a little rest“by then after”three races in quick succession“. It was a particularly fast race that she dominated on Wednesday evening since her compatriot, freshly vice-world champion Shericka Jackson, beat her personal best there in 10”71 (against 10”73) and the Ivorian Marie-Josée Ta Lou set a new African record in 10”72.

Faith Kipyegon so close to the record

Launched to attack the 1500m world record, the Kenyan Faith Kipyegon, double Olympic champion in title and double world champion in the distance, failed at thirty hundredths of the goal. In 3’50”37, she nevertheless set the second best time in history over 1500m. Only Ethiopian Genzebe Dibaba, world record holder in 3’50”07 since 2015 – she had already set it in Monaco – ran faster. “I was really ready for today, I’m very disappointed to have let it slip in the last meters“, Lamented the Kenyan half-founder. Kipyegon’s personal best so far stood at 3’51”07, a pile second behind Dibaba’s world record.

Noah Lyles always on top

After his supersonic 19”31 which led him to world gold in the 200m in July, Noah Lyles also admits to having the world record in mind, in this case that of the legend Usain Bolt (19′ ’19 in 2009). He has so far contented himself with enforcing his rank in 19”46 (+0.8 m/s of wind), ninth time in history nevertheless, ahead of his compatriots Erriyon Knighton (19”84) , recent world bronze medalist at 18, and Michael Norman (19”95), reigning world champion in the 400m.


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