31 March, 2020

Doha Diamond: Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce

  • Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce claimed victory in the 100m at the 2019 Muller Anniversary Games in 10.78s.

London brings the best out of Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.

On another triumphant return to the London Stadium, Fraser-Pryce sparkled at the Muller Anniversary Games and went on to gold in Doha months later.

We’re throwing it back to last July as part of our ongoing series, #DohaDiamonds, highlighting those who ruled over London and then did the business in Doha.

Olympic memories

The Jamaican superstar cemented her name in the annals of female sprinting at London 2012 when she defended her Olympic 100m crown. 

It was a stacked field, a given for an Olympic final, and a race where six women ran under 11 seconds.

Fraser-Pryce got a typically blistering start and clocked 10.75s in the final to seal victory – at the time it was the second fastest Olympic 100m time ever run by a woman.

And the performance meant London would always have a special place in Mommy Rocket’s heart.

Muller showdown

Fraser-Pryce didn’t compete at the London 2017 World Championships but celebrated for a whole different reason after giving birth to her son Zyon in August of that year.

The Jamaican found a spot in her schedule in her comeback season to return to London and ran a season’s best 10.98s, the first time she went sub-11 after giving birth, underlining her status as a modern marvel. 

The Muller Anniversary Games once again saw the best of her in 2019 when she won the day in the 100m with a 10.78s clocking to edge out home favourite Dina Asher-Smith. 

“Each year when I come to the Muller Anniversary Games it’s always a quality field and you always expect that,” she said. 

“As athletes, as sprinters you have to be so consistent when you come here and it’s remarkable that I was able to line up with fantastic ladies.

“Female sprinting is at its highest and it’s incredible to be able to race with these ladies.

“I won my second Olympic gold medal here. I love competing here, great atmosphere, the crowd is wild and energetic – similar to Jamaica – it’s good to always come here and compete.”

Back on top of the world

A fourth 100m world title came calling in Doha when Fraser-Pryce bettered her Anniversary Games effort and produced a world-leading 10.71s to clinch victory.

She became the only sprinter to be crowned world champion over 100m four times – with wins coming in 2009, 2013, 2015 and 2019.

While the Jamaican was also the oldest women, at the age of 32, and second mother to win 100m gold at a global championship. She’s a true icon of her sport. 

Tickets are now available for both days of the IAAF Diamond League meet HERE.