Jamaican runner Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce set two world records on Sunday as she made history winning the 100-meter final at the World Championships.
While many feel that having children would tend you reduce physical capabilities in women, more and more examples from all over the world continue to prove otherwise. Jamaican runner Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce made history on Sunday as she won the 100-meter final at the World Championships in Doha. She had previously won the same race three times in the past, but that was before she became a mother. Now, with this feat, she has set two world records on the same day. This is the first time a mother has ever won this event, and Fraser-Pryce is also the oldest woman to win it.
“A victory for motherhood!” she said, according to the AP — which is basically the understatement of the year! Fraser-Pryce said that she began to cry on the day she found out she was pregnant, as that generally means an end to one's sprinting career. But she wasn't having any of that, as she pushed on and eventually reaped her hard-earned reward. “Everyone’s entitled to their opinion,” she said. “I knew how I felt and I knew I wasn’t ready to go. I had something left to do, and I stayed focused on the goal.”
"I hope I can give inspiration to all the women starting family or thinking of starting a family. You can do anything. It's about who you are and why you started in the first place," - Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) September 29, 2019
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“My secret is just staying humble and just know who you are as a person and athlete and just continue to work hard,” she said after her win, CNN reported. “It’s a wonderful feeling having my son witnessing this.” Not only did her 2-year-old son, Zyon, witness her historic win, but he also got to join his mama on the field seconds after her win.
"The females keep showing up." -- Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce, holding 2-year-old Zyon, after winning the world 100m title at age 32, oldest ever and 11 years after her Olympic debut title in 2008 (when she wore braces). pic.twitter.com/d4qHieGLJS— Nick Zaccardi (@nzaccardi) September 29, 2019
“Standing here having done it again at 32, and holding my baby, is a dream come true,” Fraser-Pryce said, according to IAAF. “I had no sleep last night. The last time I was at a major championship was 2016 and I just could not sleep with nerves. But with mental toughness, you will get what you want. I can’t believe it. I worked so hard to be back. The field was so strong I had to come good here and I’m so excited to come out with the victory.”
The times she endured through her pregnancy wasn't easy for her. “For 10 weeks, I couldn’t lift weights (while lying) on my back,” Fraser-Pryce said. “And mentally, it’s even harder because you’re 30, you’re having a baby, the females are out there running fast. You wonder if you can come back. For me, I just worked really hard.”.
But now, she happily exclaims how her son ended up being the driving force behind her latest win. "Zyon and my husband have been my strength. When everybody else doubted me, they never did. It’s down to them that I am here again.”. Fraser-Pryce is an inspiration to motherhood as a whole. She proved that having children needn't prevent you from following your dreams, no matter how vigorous and daunting the challenge may seem.