Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce aka “Pocket Rocket” has ignited the turbo again and made history in Eugene. It is the Jamaican’s fifth world 100m title and her tenth overall. For Gina Lückenkemper it was the end of the line in the semifinals.
Explosive start and staying power: Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce lived up to her nickname “Pocket Rocket” at Hayward Field Stadium and sprinted to victory in an inimitable manner. 10.67 seconds was a world championship record for the Jamaican, who is just 1.52 m tall and who is the only track and field athlete to have won five gold medals in the same individual discipline.
Fraser-Pryce: “I feel blessed”
“I feel blessed to have this talent and still be at it at 35 and with a baby and hopefully be able to inspire women to find their own path,” said Fraser-Pryce.
13 years ago in Berlin she had won the world title for the first time. In total, Fraser-Pryce has now collected twelve World Championship medals, ten gold and two silver. Only American Allyson Felix (13) and Jamaican Usain Bolt (11) have more World Cup triumphs.
Behind “Pocket Rocket” silver went to Shericka Jackson (10.73). Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah (10.73) only stayed bronze, but made the all-Jamaican podium perfect. The day before, the USA had managed the “sweep” in the men’s 100m final. In a memorable women’s World Cup final, seven out of eight runners stayed under the magical eleven-second mark.
Lückenkemper-Aus in the semi-finals
Gina Lückenkemper was eliminated in fourth place with a time of 11.08 seconds in her semi-final run. The 25-year-old, who again did not get out of the blocks well, ultimately missed the final by twelve hundredths. In the lead-up, the 2018 European Vice Champion ran 11.09 seconds after a weak start.
The sprinter from SCC Berlin had already reached the World Cup semifinals four years ago. At that time in London she was the first German since Katrin Krabbe to sprint under eleven seconds (10.95), but then did not get past 11.16. After four mixed years, Lückenkemper stayed under eleven seconds for the first time at the German championships at the end of June.
11.08 is not what I was aiming for here, I definitely wanted more.
Krabbe won the last German medal in the 100 m sprint as world champion in Tokyo in 1991. The last time Melanie Paschke was in a World Cup final over 100 m was in 1997, when the Wattenscheider finished sixth.
False start and boos from the spectators
“Nevertheless, 11.08 seconds is a good performance and I finished thirteenth in the World Championship,” said Lückenkemper. “It was a bit wild today though.” Due to a false start including discussions by TyNia Gaither, the semi-finals of the Germans had dragged. After the disqualification of the sprinter from the Bahamas, the audience booed in the middle of the runners’ concentration phase. “I can understand the frustration, but that was just unfair to all the other athletes,” said Lückenkemper: “Going to the starting block three times to run once, that was heavy.”
The German did not let the anticipation of her second appearance at the World Cup be taken away. “Now the season is going well, I’m looking forward to that,” said Lückenkemper. The women’s 4×100 m heats are scheduled for next Saturday (07/23/2022, 2:40 a.m.). The final takes place on the last day of the World Championships in Eugene. “I do believe that we will have a decent team on the track and that we can conjure something up on the floor.”