In yet another glorious display of the unbeatable strength and power of women, two amazing athletes have broken records at the IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar over the weekend.
So, just who are these women?
32-year-old Jamaican runner Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce made history on Sunday by becoming the first mother, and oldest women to win the 100-meter final at the World Championships. The win on Sunday was her 4th world title in this event. Her victory comes two years after the birth of her son Zyon who was there to celebrate her heartwarming win.
Shelly-Ann is no stranger to making history as she became the first Caribbean woman to win the 100 metre gold medal in 2008, third woman to win two consecutive gold medals at the 2012 Olympic Games when she set her personal best record of 10.70 seconds in the 100 metre category and then again in 2016 when she became the first woman to win three consecutive Olympic medals, taking the bronze.
In addition to her athletic accomplishments, Shelly-Ann, fondly known as ‘Pocket Rocket’ also runs a not-for-profit organization called the Pocket Rocket Foundation that supports student-athlethes. So far, the foundation has awarded 31 full scholarships to high school students across different sporting disciplines.
With an even dozen, 12 gold medals at the World Championships, Olympic athlete Allyson Felix has just broken the record of 11 gold medals held by Usain Bolt, hailed as the fastest man alive. Felix’s 12 gold medal, which she claimed at the 4×400 meter event in Doha on Sunday comes just 10 months after the 33-year-old American athlete gave birth to her daughter Camryn in an emergency C-section. Allyson faced severe, life-threatening complications during her pregnancy and her daughter was born 8-weeks premature!
Allyson Felix also holds 9 Olympic medals, 6 of which are gold and was recently part of a group of female sports people who had Nike change their policies for sponsored athletes ensuring that mothers are not affected financially when they give birth. She has also the first athlete to sign a sponsorship agreement with Athleta, a brand that supports and uplifts women and mothers in the sporting arena.
Congratulations to these two true superwomen, and here’s to them breaking many more records in the years to come!
Written by: Disha Mirchandani. Disha is a former lawyer turned freelance content writer. She is a fitness enthusiast and amateur aerialist with her own fitness photo-blog as well.