Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce clocked the fastest 100m in the world this year as the two-time Olympic champion clocked 10.67 seconds to win the Kip Keino Classic, the third of the season. World Continental Athletics Tour Gold meeting, in Nairobi on Saturday
The 35-year-old, who won eight Olympic medals including silver in Tokyo last summer, came out on top with ease after 18-year-old Namibian sensation Christine Mboma came to an abrupt halt before collapsing on Track.
Fraser-Pryce’s winning time was just seven hundredths of a second off his personal best of 10.60, set in Lausanne in August 2021.
“It was very good, the atmosphere was fantastic,” Fraser-Pryce said after posting his third run under 10.7 in 12 months. “I don’t know if it was perfect – I’d have to see the replay. But time tells me my training is going well.
Egypt’s Bassant Hemida set a national record of 11.02 in second place. American Shannon Ray finished third in 11.33.
It was Fraser-Pryce’s second race this season after she was only able to get second place from Bahamian Anthonique Strachan of MVP Track Club in his season-opening 200m race at Velocity. Fest 11 in Kingston on April 23.
Only four other women ran the 100m faster than Fraser-Pryce’s time on Saturday – Americans Marion Jones (10.65) and Carmelita Jeter (10.64), Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah (10.54) and the world record holder, the American Florence Griffith-Joyner (10h49).
At the other end of the program, the Kenyan Ferdinand Omanyala provided the highlight of the evening. Olympic champion Marcell Jacobs has retired late after suffering from stomach problems since arriving in Kenya. Not that it mattered too much to the majority of fans at the stadium – most of whom went wild when Omanyala was introduced to the crowd.