In 2021, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce scorched the Lausanne Diamond League track, beating Marion Jones’ 100m meet record of 10.72 in 10.60 seconds. But with fellow Jamaicans Elaine Thompson-Herah and Shericka Jackson confirmed for this year’s race in Lausanne on August 26, could Fraser-Pryce’s 10.60s record be on borrowed time?
Fraser-Pryce has had a brilliant season thus far, claiming her fifth 100m World Championships title in July, followed by a world-leading time in Silesia and two meet record-setting wins in Hungary and Monaco. She shows no signs of slowing down and will be fighting to defend her title in Lausanne and possibly beat her record.
The world champion has run under 10.70 seconds for a record six times in the same season and has run eight times under 10.70 overall. The mama rocket has run 10.67 in Nairobi, 10.67 in Paris, 10.67 in Oregon, 10.66 in Silesia, 10.67 in Hungary, and 10.62 in Monaco, stunning the crowd in her last six finals.
Compatriot Jackson has also had a successful season, leaving the World Championships in Oregon with not only the 200m title but the second fastest time in history over the distance with a whopping 21.46-second win. Jackson placed third in Lausanne 2021 with a time of 10.92 seconds. The 200m champion has expressed that she has not yet run her best 100m so far this season and will be looking to improve on her time.
The Olympic champion, Thompson-Herah, placed second in Lausanne 2021 with a 10.64-second finish. She still holds the title of the fastest woman alive in the 100m, thanks to her stunning 10.54-second win in Oregon in August 2021, which followed her Olympic record of 10.61 in Tokyo two weeks earlier. Thompson-Herah had a difficult start to the season due to lingering injuries but has promised a comeback. After an impressive performance at the recent Commonwealth Games, she is certainly fighting her way back to the top.
Six women ran under 11 seconds in the 100m at the Lausanne Diamond League in 2021, making it one of the fastest races in history that year. Athletics fans will have to wait and see who leaves triumphant in this clash of titans.
Check out last year’s final of the 100m – Lausanne 2021 – Wanda Diamond League below: