Fraser Pryce back to winning ways on return from maternity leave

Author: Rosalind K. Amoh
Shelly Ann Fraser Pryce sprints to victory at Muller Games in London
Shelly Ann Fraser Pryce sprints to victory at Muller Games in London

Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is enjoying top form following her return to competition after the birth of her son.

Fraser-Pryce's victory in the 100m final on Sunday at the London Stadium, highlighted the second day of action at the Muller Anniversary Games, beating Londoner, Dina Asher-Smith in a keenly-contested race.

Shelly Ann Fraser Pryce dashes ahead of Dina Asher-Smith (left) and Marie-Josee Ta Lou 

For the Londoners, the women’s 100m was the headline attraction of the day's event, given the presence of triple European champion  Asher-Smith and gave them a lot to cheer and be hopeful about when she won her heats in 10.91secs against Fraser-Pryce's 10.95secs.

However, in the final, Fraser-Pryce used her experience, starting off from the blocks quicker and took a 15-metre lead, before dashing off to clock 10.78secs, her third sub-10.80 of the season.

Asher-Smith was a distant second in 10.92 secs, with Cote d'Ivoire's Marie-Josee Ta Lou third in 10.98 secs.

Shelly Ann Fraser Pryce celebrates with her latest baby after victory at the Muller Games in London

It was a good race for the Jamaican and two-time Olympic champion as she seems to be picking up from where she left off two years ago to go on maternity leave.

“It's a long season and I've been training and training,” said the two-time Olympic champion. “To come out here and run 10.78 is a fabulous time. I feel good. The aim is to make sure when I get to Doha that I'm on point.”

In her first major race this season, the 32-year-old tied for the world leading time of 10.73 seconds with Rio 2016 champion Elaine Thompson at the Jamaican trials.

She then powered to victory in the Diamond League 100m in Lausanne on July 5, and picked up her third win at the Padua EA Classic meeting 16th July.

The dominant return has her excited for the season ahead, as she steps up her preparations towards the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha in September.