Published on 29 Sep 2022 2:01 pm (UK Time)
As the 2022 track season ends, we have witnessed some great performances across multiple disciplines. One of those that stands out is women’s 100 metre sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce’s dominant year.
The finale of the Diamond League in Zurich saw Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce close her season with another sub-10.7 seconds time in the 100 metre, securing her fifth title. This was her seventh win out of the eight finals/meets she competed in. Such an outstanding level of dominance has cemented her standing as the greatest female sprinter and arguably the greatest ever across both male and female sprinting.
Following an enthralling 2021 season, where Elaine Thompson-Herah and Fraser-Pryce, pushed each other to new heights, threatening ‘Flo Jo’s’ thirty-four-year-old World Record, many thought Thompson-Herah would continue to ascend and smash the 10.5 seconds barrier.
However, a recurrence of injuries early in the year hindered Thompson-Herah’s season. Instead, it was her Jamaican counterpart, Fraser-Pryce, who dominated 2022.
Bursting onto the scene as a 21-year-old in 2008, she has flirted with retirement in recent years, but Fraser-Pryce at 35 has continued at the highest level, when many questioned if she could ever reach the heights she had set before 2017.
In 2017 she took a break from athletics due to the birth of her son. If that was the end of Fraser-Pryce’s career, at that point, a six-time Olympic medallist and multiple World Champion, her legend was already cast. Yet, she decided to add a new chapter to her story, aiming to send a message to mothers across the world, inspire her own son and continue to push the boundaries of the sport.
And she did so, sprinting faster than ever, winning 100 metre gold at the 2019 World Championships in Doha, attaining a silver in the 100-metres at the Tokyo Olympics, then defending her 100 metre World Champion title (fifth 100m World Championship gold of her career) at Eugene in July 2022.
Fraser-Pryce has enhanced her achievements over the past years, maintaining an unprecedented level of consistency. Over her career, she holds the record for most sub 11 times in history, in 2022 she elevated herself to another level.
Across the 11 track meets (Diamond league, World Championships and Jamaican national trials) she competed in 2022, she ran sub 10.7 seconds in seven of those races, including a world lead of 10.62. This is an outstanding record considering only four other women have run wind-legal sub 10.7 second races in track history.