Monday 25 May, 2020

Fraser-Pryce is Athletics Weekly's Female Athlete of the Year

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (6), of Jamaica, finishes ahead of Dina Asher-Smith (7), of Britain, and Marie-Josée Ta Lou (4), of The Ivory Coast, in the women's 100-metre final at the World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar, Sept. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip).

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (6), of Jamaica, finishes ahead of Dina Asher-Smith (7), of Britain, and Marie-Josée Ta Lou (4), of The Ivory Coast, in the women's 100-metre final at the World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar, Sept. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip).

Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has been voted International Female Athlete for 2019 by readers of the Athletics Weekly Magazine, which is published in the United Kingdom.

The publication stated that "Fraser-Pryce was voted top in a year, which saw her win the world 100m title in a very fast world-leading 10.71 to just miss her seven-year-old PB. She also won gold in the 4x100m relay and ran 22.22 for 200m."

World 400m hurdles champion Dalilah Muhammad was the runner-up while Sifan Hassan, who took the unprecedented 10,000m and 1500m double at the World Championships was third.

The 32-year-old Fraser-Pryce became the first woman to win the 100 metres at four World Championships when she turned back the challenge of a quality field at the 2019 edition inside the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar on September 29.

Fraser-Pryce clocked a fast 10.71 seconds, putting some serious distance between her and the rest of the field. 

With the victory in Qatar, Fraser-Pryce  won her first global medal as a mother; she gave birth to her son, Zyon, two years ago.

The double Olympic 100m champion also won the 200m at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru on August 9.  She broke the 40-year-old Pan Am Games 200 metres record by clocking 22.43 seconds for the victory.

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