Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce won the 100-meter dash in the Jamaican national championships and will compete for her third Olympic gold medal in Tokyo. Fraser-Pryce won the final in 10.71 seconds, 0.11 seconds faster than Shericka Jackson. Elaine Herah came in third place.
34-year-old Fraser-Pryce won her fourth global gold in the 100 meters in 2019, two years after giving birth to her son Zyon. She was the Olympic champion in 2008 and 2012. In 2016 she earned bronze in Rio de Janeiro.
Her victory earns her a matchup against American champion Sha’Carri Richardson, who is 13 years young than Fraser-Pryce. In men’s 100 meters, Yohan Blake qualified for his third Olympics after coming second behind Tyquendo Tracey, who won in 10 seconds flat.
Since 2000, this is the first Olympic cycle without Usain Bolt. Bolt made his Olympic debut in 2004 and went on to win the first of his three gold medals in the 100 meters by breaking the world record in Beijing in 2008.
Blake finished second to Bolt in both the 100 and 200 meters at the 2012 Olympics. In 2016, he won gold in the 4×100 relay but did not finish on the podium in the individual sprints. Blake and Fraser-Pryce are also in the 200-meter dash, which takes place on Sunday.