Shericka Jackson may have beaten world champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce over 100m in Brussels but normal service was resumed on Thursday night in Zurich as Fraser-Pryce sped to a meeting record equalling 10.65 (-0.8) – almost two metres up on Jackson (10.81).
It has been an astonishing year for the athlete who won her first Olympic title 14 years ago and she has easily produced the best series of marks by a woman sprinter in a calendar year.
This was her fourth best ever time but her fastest into a headwind and technically superior to her 10.60 PB with a generous 1.7 tailwind in Lausanne last year.
This year she has run 10.62, 10.65, 10.66 and 10.67 four times for a record seven sub 10.70’s. It wasn’t surprising she gained her fifth Diamond League title.
Even Florence Griffith-Joyner only broke 10.70 – with a legal wind – three times in her world record year of 1988 and the previous best was four such marks by five-time Olympic champion and the fastest woman alive Elaine Thompson-Herah last year.