Woman becomes first mom to win 100m World Championships

October 7th, 2019

Having a baby is a magical experience, but it can also be a very challenging one. Being pregnant isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. It involves a lot of physical and mental stress and it can take its toll on a woman’s lifestyle, especially if she happens to be a world famous athlete.

Jamaican runner Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is a legend of track and field. Born in Kingston, Jamaica, she became the first Caribbean woman to win a 100m gold medal at the Olympics at just 21 and has continued to enjoy amazing success in the years that have followed, being regarded as perhaps the greatest female sprinter the world has ever seen.

She’s also a mother, welcoming her baby boy, Zyon, into the world in August of 2017. Her pregnancy meant she had to skip out on a lot of training, missing the entire 2017 season.

Many people celebrate pregnancy, feeling nothing but joy, but for Fraser-Pryce, the news came as quite a shock and left her in a very emotional state.

She revealed that she simply “sat on her bed and cried” after learning she was pregnant. She was happy about the idea of being a mother, but distressed at the thought that her storied career might be over.

Fraser-Pryce feared that the changes to her body during pregnancy, combined with so much time off the track and away from training, would make it almost impossible for her to return to her pre-pregnancy levels of fitness. Meanwhile, her competitors were only getting stronger, sensing an opportunity to finally dethrone the champ.

To make matters even more stressful, Fraser-Pryce’s son was born two months early and had to spend a lot of time in intensive care.

Fortunately, Zyon got the care he needed and Fraser-Pryce found new determination to hit the gym, get back into intensive training, and push herself harder than ever before in a bid to win yet another title.

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.

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There are so many things I would love to say but simply put no one, absolutely no one gets to write your story but you! It’s done over time, at your own pace and sometimes with disappointments but it’s the ending that matters. We are all created equals but we are unique, with our own talents and abilities and we are meant to shine differently but we are the same. We are as people special women and men who are built to overcome and built for greatness, if we persevere. Two years ago giving birth to Zyon changed me. Two years ago I lost a loved one and two years ago I was broken. But yet I RISE… I am so grateful for the outpouring of love from my friends, family, fellow athletes, supporters and sponsors over the years. Your belief and encouragement gave me strength. But 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! I am humbled to be filling my shoes with my potential, fill yours and never stop for anyone and do it with all your heart and all your courage, and do it well🙏. The story continues… – #MommyRocket #BeandBecomeExtraOrdinary #BeYou #OutDoYou #iaafdoha2019 @gracefoods @digiceljamaica @nikewomen 🚀🚀🚀🚀 📸: @michael.steele_

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And she pulled it off, winning the 100m final at the World Championships in Doha at the age of 32, making her the oldest woman to ever win the title and the only mother to claim it too.

Fraser-Pryce called her phenomenal performance “A victory for motherhood!” She added:

My secret is just staying humble and just know who you are as a person and athlete and just continue to work hard.

Little Zyon, now 2 years old, was there to celebrate with his mama too.

Standing here having done it again at 32, and holding my baby, is a dream come true. I had no sleep last night. 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 victory.

What an inspiration!

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Source: IAAF Athletics