Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce could become the first woman to win three consecutive Olympic 100m gold medals on Saturday at Rio 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
After having a seemingly slow start, Fraser-Pryce, who has battled a toe injury, effortlessly powered through to win in her 100m heat in 10.96 to advance to the semi-finals as the fastest qualifier — showing everyone on Friday evening that she came to make history. Shelly is currently a three-time world champion and two-time Olympic gold medallist.
Joining her in the semi-final round are teammates Christania Williams, who finished second in her heat in a time of 11.27, and Elaine Thompson, who won her heat in 11.21. Thompson, the 10.70 national champion, who is competing at her first Olympics, could steal the title from Fraser-Pryce.
After a poor start, rival Dafne Schippers of Netherlands won Heat 2 in 11.16 to advance to the semi-final, while Tori Bowie of USA won Heat 3 in 11.13 and Blessing Okagbare came in second in 11.16 in said race — all in a 0.0 m/s wind.English Gardner won Heat 8 in 11.09 in a -0.2 m/s headwind.
The Women’s 100m semi-finals are scheduled for 7pm JA time/ 8pm ET today, Saturday, August 13, with the final set for 8:37 pm JA time and 9:37 pm ET.