Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce hammered home her status as world championship favourite on Saturday by equalling her world best time this year to win the 100m at the Paris Diamond League meeting.
The veteran Jamaican sprinter triumphed in 10.67sec, shrugging off the crushing 30-degree heat at the city’s Charlety stadium.
A two-time Olympic champion over 100m, the 35-year-old Fraser-Pryce equalled the 2022 best time she set in Nairobi in May.
The nine-time world champion’s win illustrated her threat to reigning Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah at next month’s world champion-ships in Eugene, Oregon.
Both will meet next week at the Jamaican trials. “I feel very good, technically it was very good. The goal is always to be on top technically, then the lap times follow,” said Fraser-Pryce.
“Physically I was good too. Running 10.6, only a few sprinters can achieve that,” she added.
Britain’s Daryll Neita was second Saturday in 10.99sec with Marie-Josee Ta Lou of Ivory Coast third in 11.01sec. Fraser-Pryce has already qualified for the 100m in Eugene as she is the defending champion. How-ever, she said she has “not decided yet” on whether she will attempt the sprint double in Oregon.—APP