, a Jamaican sprinter, has become the world's fastest woman.
On Saturday in Kingston, Jamaica, the two-time Olympic champion ran the 100 meters
in 10.63 seconds at a national trials warmup event.
Only one woman, American sprinter Florence Griffith Joyner
, has ever run a faster time in the 100 meters: 10.49 seconds. Flo-Jo, who died in 1998, ran the three fastest times ever in the 100 meters in 1988: 10.49, 10.61, and 10.62 seconds. Fraser-Pryce's latest run places her as the second-fastest woman of all time.
She was at a "loss for words" after the race, the 34-year-old said to reporters.
“It’s about being patient and enjoying the process,” the sprinter explained, later adding, “I never expected to run 10.6, and I think that’s a good thing because there was no pressure.”
According to NBC Sports
, Fraser-Pryce set her previous personal best time of 10.70 seconds in 2012 and could become the first woman to win one individual Olympic track and field
event three times at the upcoming 2021 Olympics
At the age of 32, the Jamaican sprinter became the first person to win four 100-meter world titles in 2019. Fraser-Pryce, dubbed "Mommy Rocket
," had given birth to her son, Zyon, two years before.
The Olympic champion shared a photo of herself posing next to a board with her recorded time on Instagram
earlier this week to celebrate her recent record-breaking feat.
“Here I am, Zyon’s Mommy, 34 years old [and] The Fastest Woman Alive!” she wrote.
Look at this Instagram post.
This week, Fraser-Pryce received widespread acclaim, including a tweet from Jamaica's prime minister, Andrew Holmes, congratulating the track and field star.
“#Shelly is a fine
example of what talent, discipline, and determination can accomplish; we are proud of our global Ambassador,” he wrote, “and we celebrate her breaking the National Record and becoming the fastest woman alive.”
We are proud of our global Ambassador and celebrate her breaking the National Record and becoming the fastest woman alive. #Shelly #mommyrocket #Jamaica https://t.co/LTbOqugaee
— Andrew Holness (@AndrewHolnessJM) June 5, 2021
Carmelita Jeter, the former fastest woman alive with a personal best 100-meter time of 10.64 seconds, tweeted her support for Fraser-Pryce.
“I just woke up to some amazing news
. @realshellyannfp has done it again. I give credit where credit is due. You have come back from having a child
and shown the world how talented and driven you are. You are officially the Fastest [Woman] Alive. Keep motivating these young Queens,” she wrote.
I just woke up to some amazing news. @realshellyannfp has done it again. I give credit where credit is due. You have returned from having a child and demonstrated to the world how talented and driven you are. You are officially the Fastest Women
Alive. Keep motivating these young Queens #CoachJet — Carmelita Jeter (@CarmelitaJeter) June 5, 2021
, Fraser-Pryce responded to Jeter's compliment, writing, "As genuine as they come!! Thank you Jet!"