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#RioGoldRush: Fraser-Pryce leads trio in women's 100m final, limps after finish line

Published:Saturday | August 13, 2016 | 7:42 PM
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce finishes ahead of Dafne Schippers of The Netherlands - Ricardo Makyn photo
Christania Williams after placing third in her heat - Ricardo Makyn photo

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce could be just one race away from making history after securing her place in the final of the women’s 100m at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Fraser-Pryce, who is looking to become the first athlete to win three consecutive 100m gold medals at the Olympics, will be joined in the 8:35 p.m. showpiece by her compatriots and club mates Elaine Thompson and Christania Williams.

Running out of lane nine in semi-final two, the two-time Olympic champion came home comfortably in a season's best time of 10.88 seconds, but appeared to be limping at the end.

Dafne Schippers of The Netherlands was second in 10.90 with Marie-Josee Ta Lou of the Ivory Coast placing third in a season's best 10.94.

Fraser-Pryce is looking to distinguish herself from the American pair of Wyomia Tyus (1964 and 1968) and Gail Devers (1992 and 1996) who are the other two women to have successfully defended their women’s 100m Olympic titles.

Thompson booked her spot in the final at this her first Olympics after taking semi-final three in 10.88 seconds.

English Gardner of the USA was second in 10.90 with Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare,11.09, taking third.

Williams, who is competing at her first major senior championships, finished fast to place third in the first heat in a new lifetime best of 10.96 seconds.

The race was won by America’s Tori Bowie in 10.90 with Michelle-Lee Ahye of Trinidad and Tobago taking second in an identical time (10.90) for a new SB.

PROFILE - Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce
Age: 29 years old
High School: Wolmer’s High School              
Tertiary Education: University of Technology, Jamaica
Events: Women’s100m, 4x100m relay
Personal Best: 100m - 10.70s
Interesting Facts:
First Jamaican woman to win the 100m at the Olympics
Fraser-Pryce is looking to go one better than the American pair of Wyomia Tyus and Gail Devers who like her successfully defended the women’s 100m title.
Holds the Jamaican national record of 10.70 for the women’s 100 jointly with club mate Elaine Thompson
She is called the 'Pocket Rocket'.

PROFILE - Elaine Thompson
Age: 24 years old
High School: Manchester High School
Tertiary Education: University of Technology, Jamaica
Events: Women’s 100m, 200m, 4X100m relay
Personal Best: 100m -10.70, 200m - 21.66
Interesting Facts:
Won silver in the women’s 200m at the 2015 World Championships in 21.66 seconds, the fifth-fastest time ever over the distance.
Jointly holds Jamaica’s national record in the women’s 100 of 10.70 with MVP club mate Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.
Is the reigning national 100m champion.

PROFILE - Christania Williams
Age: 21 years old
High School: Edwin Allen High School
Tertiary Education: University of Technology, Jamaica
Events: Women’s 100m, 4x100m relay
Personal Best: 10.97
Interesting Facts:
Burst onto the senior stage this season with a third place finish at the national trials.
2011 World Youth Championships bronze medalist in the 100m.