Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce turned in another top time, on this occasion 10.81 seconds, to outclass rivals in the third and final heat of the women’s 100m semifinals at the 2019 World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar on Sunday.
The 10.81-second clocking is by far the quickest qualifying time going into the final later at 3:10 pm. Ivory Coast’s Murielle Ahoure was second in the heat in a season’s best 11.05 seconds, while the defending champions Tori Bowie, who won in London in 2017, did not start.
The night before, Fraser-Pryce turned an eye-popping 10.80 seconds in the opening round.
Following the 10.80, the two-time Olympic champion said her burst out of the blocks still needs some polishing if she is to reclaim her crown. She won the 100 at the 2015 worlds but didn’t defend it in 2017 after taking time off to have a baby.
But while Fraser-Pryce is clocking fast times, her Jamaican teammate Olympic champion Elaine Thompson is saving her energy for the final.
The 27-year-old Thompson did just enough to qualify for the final, clocking 11 seconds flat for second place behind Ivory Coast’s Marie-Josee Ta Lou, world silver medallist at 100m and 200m in London two years ago. Ta Lou looked good in clocking 10.87 seconds for the victory.
Thompson and Fraser-Pryce stand joint top of this season’s world list with bests of 10.73.
Thompson, 27, finished marginally ahead of Fraser-Pryce as they both clocked that 10.73 timing in Kingston on June 21.
Jonielle Smith, the 2018 CAC 100m champion, has also progressed to the final but did it the hard way, coming from off the pace to deny Switzerland’s Mujinga Kambundji the second automatic qualifying spot.
The 23-year-old Smith clocked 11.06 for her second-place finish, with Kambundji crossing the line in 11.10 seconds.
Britain’s 23-year-old European 100m and 200m champion Dina Asher-Smith won the heat in season-best 10.87 seconds, the same time Ta Lou clock in the previous heat as both enter the final with the joint second-fastest time behind Fraser-Pryce’s 10.81.
Asher-Smith is in brilliant form. She finished the IAAF Diamond League season on a high by taking the 100m title in Brussels in a then season’s best of 10.88, ahead of Fraser-Pryce, who clocked 10.95. Thompson was not in that race.