This past weekend, the World Athletics Championship, the global track and field competition took place in Doha. For those of us who are true track enthusiasts, we know track happens every year and not only during the olympics. With that, records and firsts also happen during the 4-year period between the Olympics.
To start, Allyson Felix, the US sprinter who competes in the 100m, 200m, and the 400m races ran in the World Athletics Championships this past weekend and gave us a treat. Before the weekend started, Felix was tied with the legend, Usain Bolt for 11 gold medals in the World Championships. Following Sunday, Felix overtook Bolt after winning a gold medal as a part of her 4x400m relay team. Winning gold is amazing for anyone however, Felix is fresh off a pregnancy. At 33 years old, she just gave birth to her daughter, Camryn via C-section only 10 months ago. She had her daughter, got back to work, and showed us again why she is one of the best ever at her sport.
Not to be out done, to the south of the US, Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce also competed in the World Championships this past weekend. Fraser Pryce competed in the 100m dash and also took home a gold. Fraser became the oldest woman at 32 years of age AND the first mom ever to win the race. The 100m dash is the shortest distance race in outdoor track and field, so with her win, Fraser-Pryce takes the title as the world's fastest woman! Fraser-Pryce said on Instagram after her win, "I am even more grateful for those girls who will come after me or the women who are still holding their own and working on their greatness in their own way and never trying to be anyone but themselves.” After crossing the finish line with a time of 10.71, she was joined on the track by Zyon, her 2-year old son.
On top of being examples for current and future athletes and being moms, Fraser-Pryce and Felix serve as support systems for one another. Felix said in an interview with NBC Sports that the two women speak often and that she's actually "in awe" of her Jamaican counter-part. Felix said, “I mean, she’s better than ever. She’s leading the way." Allyson said that Shelly-Ann encouraged her to get back on the track as soon her she felt like she was up to it after having her daughter.