The multiple world and Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Price of Jamaica became the second fastest woman in history this Saturday, marking 10.63 seconds in the 100 m dash of the Olympic Destiny Series in Kingston, the most fleeting time clocked since 1988, when Florence Griffith-Joyner set the world record.
At 34, and after a brief maternity leave that did not prevent her from reaching her ninth world title in Doha 2019, Fraser-Price broke her personal best of 10.70, imposed in 2012, and announced herself as the woman to beat in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
It was only the third competition of the season for Fraser-Price, who surpassed in the historic race her compatriot Natasha Morrison (10.95) and went on to command the top-list, displacing the American Sha’Carri Richardson, who ran 10.72 in April past.
Only one woman, the late Griffith-Joyner, has run faster than Fraser-Price, setting the world record of 10.49 at the 1988 Indianapolis Olympic Trials, and then a 10.61 and 10.62, both performed in 1988.
However, taking into account the 10 best performances of the most outstanding sprinters in history, Fraser-Price happens to have the best average of all time, with 10,716, ahead of Marion Jones (USA, 10,720), Elaine Thompson (Jamaica, 10,766), Carmelita Jeter (USA, 10,767), Merlene Ottey (Jamaica/Slovenia, 10,802) and Griffith-Joyner (USA, 10,804).