The Tokyo Olympics are still more than a month away, but Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has already emerged as the favorite in the women's 100-meter dash. At a meet in Kingston, Jamaica, Fraser-Pryce clocked a blazing 10.63-second pace in the 100-meter dash. Accomplished sprinted Natasha Morrison finished in a distant second place with a great 10.95-second finish.
"Honestly no...I never expected I would run 10.6 and think it's a good thing because there was no pressure," Fraser-Pryce told reporters when asked if she expected to run at that pace.
"I just wanted to get one run in before the [June 24-27] national championships and that's what I was really looking forward to."
Fraser-Pryce did not only run the fastest time this year, but she ran one of the fastest times in history. Trailing only Florence Griffith-Joyner, Fraser-Pryce ran the second-fastest time in history.
"I'm lost for words because 10.6 has been a dream, a goal, I've been working so hard, being so patient to see it finally unfold. I'm so ecstatic," she continued.
"If I'm able to run 10.6 now...I'm just looking forward to what the process will bring. I'm continuing the work because I did say that this year I wanted nothing more than to break the 10.7 barrier and I did it."
Fraser-Pryce will now turn her attention toward the Jamaican Track & Field Olympic Trials. She'll face stiff competition from both Morrison and Kashieka Cameron, but Fraser-Pryce is confident that she'll perform on the nation's biggest stage.
"The focus is on making the national team then taking it from there. This is just one part of the puzzle, so you can't get too complacent and comfortable," Fraser-Pryce said.
If she qualifies later this month, she will compete in the Tokyo Olympics beginning July 23 in Japan.