Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer
An over-the-moon Maxine Simpson, mother of the newly crowned world sprint-double champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, could hardly contain her joy after her daughter captured the women's 200m at the 14th IAAF World Championships in Athletics in Moscow, Russia, yesterday.
Simpson, as bubbly as her daughter, said she never doubted that Fraser-Pryce would have won yesterday's event because she is a firm believer in God.
"First thing, I have to give God thanks, because if it wasn't for that man, I don't know what would have happened and so I have to trust him," said Simpson.
"I said to myself before the start of the race that this is it, and when she was in the lane I said 'I give you my blessing girl', and when she lifted up then I saw the race done and she was in front," said an elated Simpson.
Fraser-Pryce, who on Monday won the 100m gold, returned to the track yesterday to clock 22.17 on her way to winning the 200m final.
Had no doubt
Simpson said she was very confident her daughter would have won the double at this year's championships.
"I had no doubt that she was going to win because of her times that she did in the heat and semi-final, and also the times that she ran in the 100m," said Simpson.
"I am happy and I feel good when I saw her crossing that line in front. I was in my room jumping up and down on the bed and shouting, 'Thank you Jesus, one more gold'," she said.
A thankful Simpson heaped more praises on God for the win she said brought her to tears.
"This one feels great," Simpson said. "Oh my God, when I saw her take that bend with her face made up, you could see the determination in her eyes," she said. "I feel so good, this is special to me and this is great to me. This is a blessing from God."
The 26-year-old Fraser-Pryce is also the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympic 100m champion.