BEIJING, China, Sporting Alert – Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce held off a charging Dafne Schippers to win her third World Championships 100m title in Beijing, on Monday.
Fraser-Pryce, who stopped the clock at 10.76 seconds, the second-fastest time in the world this year behind her own 10.74 secs, got away from the field in the middle of the race and then held on for victory as the fast finishing Schippers ran out of real estate.
Sporting her bright green hair, the Jamaican sprinter celebrated her victory by lifting her right arm as she pointed her index finger in the direction of the cheering crowd while crossing the line.
“I wanted green in my hair, so I did green. And I got my sunflowers to match,” Fraser-Pryce said.
“I’ve never done it before. Just said, ‘OK, I’m doing my hair green.'”
Fraser-Pryce, who had also won gold in the discipline in 2009 and 2013, became the only woman to win three 100 world championships crowns.
Her achievement also saw her matching countryman Usain Bolt, who captured the men’s title on Sunday, and American legends Maurice Greene and Carl Lewis on the overall list.
The Olympic champion was delighted at winning another gold medal, but admits she would like to run faster.
In fact, all her winning times since the Beijing Olympics in 2008 have been in the 9.7s.
Fraser-Pryce ran 10.71 seconds to win the world title in Moscow in 2013, 10.75 secs to lift the Olympic crown in London in 2012, 10.73 for the Berlin crown and 10.78 to win the Olympic title in 2008.
“I’m getting tired of 10.7s,” She told BBC Sport. “I just want to put a good race together and hopefully in the next race I get the time I’m working for.
“I definitely think a 10.6 is there. Hopefully I will get it together.”
Fraser-Pryce also added that there should be no comparison between her and Bolt.
“Usain ran 9.7. I ran 10.7. It’s not about upstaging anyone,” she said.
“In his own way, he is who he is and he has nothing to do with me. It’s about what I want to do and what’s important to me.”
Meanwhile, Netherlands former heptathlete Schippers impressively won the silver medal and lowered her own national record to 10.81, while American Tori Bowie took the bronze in 10.86.
“I’m so very happy. It’s a national record and I’m second in the world,” Schippers told reporters after her medal winning performance.
“It’s crazy. Three years before I was third in the heptathlon, now I’ve come into the sprint and I’ve got a medal.
“I was a little bit nervous in the semi-final and after that I thought ‘anything is possible’. The start was good and I was close at the end.
“When you’re close to Fraser-Pryce you know you’ve got a medal.”