Sporting bright yellow hair, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce got things off to a quick start, running an impressive 10.80 to win the first heat of the women’s 100 meter at the 2019 IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar on Saturday (September 28) – despite easing down a considerable margin from the finish line.
Having won the world 100-meter title in 2009, 2013, and 2015, and the Olympic title in 2008 and 2012, the 32-year-old clocked the fastest time ever in a World Championship heat. British contender, Dina Asher-Smith, clocked the third-fastest qualifying time (10.96).
Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson, fastest in the world this year, and Marie-Josée Ta Lou, of Ivory Coast were also impressive in winning their heats clocking 11.14 and 10.85 respectively.
All four Americans—Tori Bowie, Morolake Akinosun, Teahna Daniels, English Gardner— also advanced to Sunday’s semi-finals. Defending champion Bowie looked underwhelming in finishing third in her heat.
The semi-finals will be run at 2:20 p.m. on Sunday, September 29, followed by the finals at 4:20 p.m.