Mother’s Day: Fraser-Pryce, Felix get golds at worlds

first_imgShelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, of Jamaica with son Zyon after winning the gold medal in the women’s 100 meter final at the World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Only moments after Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce zoomed past the finish line Sunday night, she scooped up something more precious than gold.Her 2-year-old son Zyon came down to the track to join her for the victory lap. What a fitting way to celebrate the Jamaican speedster’s fourth and hardest-earned 100-meter title at world championships.ADVERTISEMENT Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical “What she’s done is amazing,” Felix said. “She’s had a hard road, too. She keeps encouraging me. Her first year wasn’t the best, but her second year, she’s better than ever. Women are amazing and she’s leading the way.”Fraser-Pryce said she sat on her bed and cried the day she found out she was pregnant. Not too much after that, she heard people saying it might be time to quit.“Everyone’s entitled to their opinion,” she said. “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.”And that, in many ways, has been the point of this year for her, for Felix, for any woman who has ever been told it’s over once she decides to start having kids.Felix spent more than a decade cultivating a reputation as a classy champion, but a very private person. When she went public with her issues with Nike, it served as a tipping point to the movement begun earlier in the summer by Alysia Montano in track, and members of the U.S. women’s soccer team, who were fighting a similar battle on different turf for equal pay during their run to a World Cup victory.ADVERTISEMENT Eumir Marcial leads PH boxing team in SEA Games “For 10 weeks, I couldn’t lift weights (while lying) on my back,” Fraser-Pryce said. “And mentally, it’s even harder because you’re 30, you’re having a baby, the females are out there running fast. You wonder if you can come back. For me, I just worked really hard.”Felix’s baby came two months prematurely and spent around a month in the neonatal intensive-care unit.“It puts things in perspective,” Felix said.Any doubts about what this night was all about were more than put to rest as Fraser-Pryce circled the track, with Zyon resting his head on her shoulder.So many Jamaican victory laps in the past — whether by Bolt or Fraser-Pryce, who now has a total of eight world golds to go with two from the Olympics — have been topped off with Bob Marley tunes to fuel up a crowd on its way to a party.This time, it was a selection from “The Lion King” playing over the PA system as the sprinter they’re now calling the “Mommy Rocket” exited stage right with her son in her arms.The song: “Can You Feel the Love Tonight?”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. This jewelry designer is also an architect LATEST STORIES “A victory for motherhood!” Fraser-Pryce said.Sure is. And if 2019 has been the Year of the Mother in track and field, then Sunday was Mother’s Day.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40Only moments before Fraser-Pryce — this time with her long hair arranged in a rainbow-pastel pastiche — blasted past the field in a season-best 10.71 seconds, new mom Allyson Felix surpassed none other than Usain Bolt with her record 12th gold medal at worlds. This one came in the brand new mixed relay, in which two men and two women team up for four trips around the track.Felix was among the Americans who banded together in protest this summer, getting Nike to change a long-standing policy that stopped payments to pregnant athletes in this sport. Her 10-month-old daughter, Camryn, was with her at the stadium. Felix said she got goose bumps watching Fraser-Pryce cross the finish line first .12 seconds ahead of Dina Asher-Smith of Britain. All of it eventually made a difference — not only in the terms Nike was willing to rework in its endorsement contracts for elite athletes, but in the message it sent about equality.“I think everything I went through this year … it just brings it all back that it’s so much bigger than myself,” Felix said.There were others competing in the quarter-full stadium Sunday night, including Christian Taylor, who won his third straight triple-jump world championship.And pole vaulter Anzhelika Sidorova of Russia, who cleared 4.95 meters to beat American Sandi Morris for the gold. Sidorova is competing as a neutral athlete because of Russia’s doping problems and will receive her medal Monday night with the IAAF’s “anthem,” not Russia’s, playing in the background.Another mother won gold in the women’s 20-kilometer walk early Monday morning. Liu Hong of China took the 2017 and 2018 seasons off to have a child before returning triumphantly in 2019. She led a Chinese podium sweep.Another gold medalist was Courtney Okolo — Felix’s 25-year-old relay teammate.“It’s definitely an inspiration to all women,” Okolo said of the 33-year-old Felix. “You see the journey she’s been on this year, and now you’re seeing a lot of women can do that and come back successfully. I know that when the time comes for me to have kids, it’s something I can do, as well.”Between them, Fraser-Pryce and Felix have piled up a combined 27 medals at world championships over the past 14 years. They are, by almost any measure, the two most dominating sprinters of their time.Even so, these two golds are destined to stand out for them, mainly for the work they put in simply to make it back to the track.On top of the normal stresses of pregnancy, both women delivered via cesarean sections that ravage the core muscles critical for sprinters trying to burst out of the blocks. Becoming his own man Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? MOST READ Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? 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Sangalang leads Magnolia past winless Alaska

first_imgMagnolia plays unbeaten San Miguel Beer on Friday at MOA Arena in Pasay.“It’s going to be very hard. We just have to rest [well],” Victolero added.Alaska, meanwhile, hopes to dig itself out of the miserable rut when it goes up against skidding Rain or Shine next Sunday also at Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers MOST READ LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Becoming his own man PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines—Magnolia kept Alaska at bay for a 95-90 win Sunday night at Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.Ian Sangalang scored nine of his 19 points in the final frame to help the Hotshots snuff out the Aces’ dogged tries at a comeback.ADVERTISEMENT Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img PVL: BanKo rolls past Chef’s Classic, BaliPure stuns Air Force This jewelry designer is also an architect Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ “We needed to match or surpass Alaska’s energy because we know that their backs were against the wall,” Magnolia coach Chito Victolero said of the stand which added to Alaska’s woes this conference.“We couldn’t afford to relax,” he added as the defending champions improved to 3-1.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own manRomeo Travis had a second-best 17 points while Mark Barroca and Paul Lee added 13 and 11 points, respectively.Vic Manuel scored 22 points while import Frank House had 20 for Alaska, which remained winless after five games. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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