When Jamaica’s 100m world and Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce saw that Mo Farah had lost a parent’s race to a dad wearing jeans, she must have decided she was not going to be embarrassed like Farah. Fraser-Pryce attended her son’s track and field day and absolutely put on a clinic, beating the other parents by nearly 50 metres.
Fraser-Pryce has run 10.60 seconds, and is the third fastest woman in history behind Florence Joyner-Griffith’s world record of 10.49, and her compatriot, defending Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah (10.54).
In 2022, Fraser-Pryce won her tenth world championship title in the 100m and also was crowned Diamond League champion. She shattered 10.70 seconds seven times during the 2022 season.
Fraser-Pryce, nicknamed the “Pocket Rocket,” is known for her skill and speed out of the blocks. She put her speed on the display for all the other parents, getting out to a commanding 30 to 40-metre lead from the gun.
The 36-year-old, two-time Olympic 100m champion is known to be quite competitive. During a pre-Diamond League meet press conference last year, she openly challenged Swedish pole-vaulter Mondo Duplantis to a 100m race after a reporter asked who was faster.
We will assume Fraser-Pryce had a lot more at stake than Farah, whose preferred distance is between 12 and 25 laps of the track. If you’re the 100m world champion, you can’t take any chances and have to do everything it takes to defend your title–even off the track.