The search is on for the brand new face of athletics following the retirement of Usain Bolt and the Worldwide Affiliation of Athletics Federations (IAAF) may need simply discovered that particular person on Sunday – 100 metres ladies’s world champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.
The hunt for Bolt’s successor has largely been restricted to the boys’s aspect of the entry record, with flamboyant American Noah Lyles, who will go for 200m gold on Monday, and newly minted males’s 100m world champion Christian Coleman repeatedly requested in the event that they is perhaps the person for the job.
Because it seems it simply is perhaps a girl – Fraser-Pryce – who ticks all of the packing containers.
A famous person has been sitting proper below the noses of the IAAF, who should absolutely sit up and take discover of the Jamaican who claimed her fourth 100m world championship gold medal on Sunday to associate with two Olympic golds and maybe extra to return subsequent yr on the Tokyo Summer time Video games.
The 32-year-old now stands alone by way of world champions, her 4 titles one higher than Usain Bolt and Individuals Carl Lewis and Maurice Greene.
“It’s a victory for motherhood,” smiled Fraser-Pryce, who took a victory lap round an almost vacant Khalifa Stadium together with her son Zyon nestled into her shoulder. “I’m actually enthusiastic about tonight.
“It took a variety of laborious work, a variety of sacrifice to get up to now.
“A lot of individuals say that I ought to retire and exit gracefully.
“Honestly, I am more working hard and trying to run fast … I feel good, I am excited I was able to come here and put on a show,” she stated.
Simply as vital as expertise, which Fraser-Pryce possesses in buckets, the subsequent face of the game may also want a golden character and human curiosity able to drawing in followers, entrepreneurs and sponsors.
The Jamaican’s playful and vibrant character was mirrored in her coiffure choice in the course of the championships, switching from a blinding yellow within the opening spherical to a multi-colour coif for the finals.
Fraser-Pryce has added one other dimension to her story with the start of her son and a decided battle again to the very high of the game.
“It was definitely a long journey physically coming back from having my son and mentally was even harder … I really just worked harder,” stated Fraser-Pryce. “It’s one of many these moments I’m actually pleased with in athletics.
“It’s difficult to take time off and come back into sprinting. It’s a moment to cherish because he reminded me how I had to work and fight.”