irresistible, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce accelerates again in Monaco

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce ERIC GAILLARD / OVERVIEW

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

Crowned Queen’s Run World Champion for the fifth time less than a month ago, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce continues to accelerate. In 10’62, the Jamaican rocket still bettered the world’s best 100m performance of the year in Monaco on Wednesday. Perhaps even more impressively, Fraser-Pryce ran in Monegasque heat (around 28 degrees) for her sixth 100m of the year in sub-10’70. Unprecedented regularity in one season for a sprinter, who is also 35 years old.

It’s even his third 100m under that time limit in the space of four days, following his 10.66 on Saturday in Chorzow, Poland, and his 10.67 on Monday in Szekesfehervar, Hungary. as in the world finals in mid-July. in Eugene (United States). “I did what I had to do and the clock spoke. The Monaco track is amazing, super fast. Being able to consistently run in 10”6 means a lot to me. It is remarkable, it is very difficult to maintain this speed», thanks the triple Olympic champion and the ten-time world champion. “I am in the second half of my thirties“But”I feel like I still have (things) to give“, he repeats race after race.

Exceptional season

With 10.62 (wind: +0.4 m/s), he posted the sixth-best performance ever in the straight, just two hundredths of a second off his 2021 personal best of seven (10.60). Only two athletes have run faster in the 100m: fellow reigning Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah (10.54 in 2021) and world record holder Florence Griffith-Joyner of the United States (10.49 in 1988). His ambition for the rest of the season? “Beat your personal record“, answer “PBAS», which stripped American Marion Jones of the Monegasque meeting record (10″72 in 1998).

Now expected at the Diamond League in Brussels on September 2, still undecided by Lausanne a week earlier, the Jamaican will “rest a little“by then later”three races in quick succession“. It was a particularly fast race that she dominated on Wednesday evening as her compatriot, recent world runner-up Shericka Jackson, broke her personal best there in 10”71 (against 10”73) and the Ivorian Marie-Josée Ta Lou, a new African record in 10”72.

Faith Kipyegon so close to the puck

Launched to attack the 1500m world record, Kenyan Faith Kipyegon, two-time Olympic champion in the title and two-time world champion in the distance, missed by thirty hundredths of the goal. In 3’50”37, however, he set the second best time in history over the 1500m. Only the Ethiopian Genzebe Dibaba, world record in 3’50”07 since 2015 – he had already established it in Monaco – ran faster. “I was very prepared for today, I’m very disappointed that I let it slip in the last meters” lamented the Kenyan centre-half. Kipyegon’s personal best to date was 3’51”07, a second off Dibaba’s world record.

Noah Lyles always on top

After his supersonic 19”31 that took him to world gold in the 200m in July, Noah Lyles also admits to having in mind the world record, in this case that of the legend Usain Bolt (19”19 2009). So far he has been content to maintain his range in 19”46 (+0.8 m/s of wind), but ninth time in history, ahead of his compatriots Erriyon Knighton (19”84), recent world bronze medal at 18 years old. , and Michael Norman (19”95), current world champion of the 400 m.

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