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Fraser-Pryce wins gold in IAAF 100m women’s final

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Isaac Kaledzi is an experienced and award winning journalist from Ghana. He has worked for several media brands both in Ghana and on the International scene. Isaac Kaledzi is currently serving as an African Correspondent for DW.
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Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has won gold in the World Championships 100m final.

Dina Asher-Smith also became the first British woman to win an individual sprint medal in 36 years claiming silver.

Fraser-Pryce won with 10.71 seconds to claim her eighth world title.

For Asher-Smith who is 23-year-old, it is her first major global medal outdoors.

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With a time of 10.83, she also sets a new British record.

Ivory Coast’s Marie-Josee Ta Lou took bronze.

IAAF championships
The three medalists. Photo: Reuters

Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce told the BBC that “To be standing here as world champion again after having my baby, I am elated. Congratulations to all the ladies. The females keep showing up. We love to put on a performance and for me I am just really happy to come away with the win.

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“I had no sleep last night. Last time I was at a major championship was in 2016 and that feeling of ‘oh my God I need bed’ – it was just not happening. For me it is just experience and knowing some days will be good but mental toughness will get me through.

“My son Zyon has been my strength, my family and husband have been my strength. Having my son and coming back, performing the way I did, I hope I can give inspiration to all the women starting family or thinking of starting a family. You can do anything. It’s about who you are and why you started in the first place.”

Asher-Smith told the BBC that she “worked so hard for this, for this championship, and hopefully I’ll go on to do bigger things. When I stood on the line I was thinking right, this is your time to go.

“A PB, a national record – that is more than you can ask for in a final. Shelly-Ann did a fantastic performance and that’s why she’s an absolute legend. I am happy!

“It’s a long season and it’s easy to get carried away in having the small achievements along the way. For me and my coach, it’s always been stay focused, make sure your training is tailored towards this and keep one eye on the prize.”

Source: Africafeeds.com

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