It was mother’s day at the athletics world championships on Sunday as Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce surged to an unprecedented fourth 100m crown and US legend Allyson Felix broke Usain Bolt's gold medal record tally.
Fraser-Pryce and Felix, both racing in their first major championships since taking time off from the sport to have children, lit up a pulsating day three of competition - even if the action was played out inside a near-empty Khalifa Stadium.
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Felix won a record 12th World Championship gold medal - helping USA win the 4x400m mixed relay in a world record time of 3min 09.34sec.
Felix only returned to the sport in July after a 13-month layoff which saw her give birth to her daughter Camryn by emergency C-section last November.
Her 12th gold medal broke Jamaican legend Bolt's record tally of 11 at the world championships.
Overall, Felix now has an incredible 26 medals, a dazzling haul that also includes six Olympic golds.
Felix, competing in her ninth straight world championships, has accumulated more World Championship and Olympic honours than any other track and field athlete in history.
"So special, to have my daughter here watching means the world to me," Felix said afterwards. "It's been a crazy year for me."
Felix later paid tribute to the support of Fraser-Pryce as she worked her way back to fitness this season.
"We've talked a lot this year and been there for each other," Felix said.
"She's been an amazing support. I'm just thrilled to see her back on top and better than ever, and I hope that is an inspiration to others. I know that she's an inspiration to me."
Allyson Felix gave birth less than a year ago in what sounded to me like a scary pregnancy/delivery. Coming back to win gold as a mom and at age 33 is incredible to me.— Jill Martin (@ByJillMartin) September 29, 2019
Allyson Felix is my shero. Today, not only did she earn her first 🥇 as a mom, she helped to set a new WR on the mixed 4x400 relay team AND she broke Bolt’s record for most gold medals. How many gold medals is that you ask? 12. Superwoman. Supermom. Superinspiring. #allysonfelix pic.twitter.com/jVlC4RlxcD— Beth Herman-Davis (@inspiretrcoach) September 29, 2019
Allyson Felix‘s first gold medal as a mom came with this added significance, too — she broke her tie with Usain Bolt for the most gold medals in world championships history with 12 🥇🥇🥇🥇🥇🥇🥇🥇🥇🥇🥇🥇https://t.co/MC0QOXaTx0— Mary Beth Lacey (@DtMaryBethLacey) September 29, 2019
And just like that, no athlete in history - male or female - has more Golds  than Allyson Felix at World Championships. Incredible ❤ #WorldAthleticsChamps— Kunaal Majgaonkar (@kunmajgaonkar) September 29, 2019
shelly-ann fraser-pryce gave birth in 2017, as did allyson felix last year. they both won gold medals today. incredible women!👏🏾👏🏾 #WorldAthleticsChamps— chia (@chiahindsx) September 29, 2019
Congrats to former L.A. Baptist standout Allyson Felix on her 12th Gold Medal @ Worlds. Incredible feat & one of the best athletes SoCal has ever produced.— Ronnie Flores (@RonMFlores) September 29, 2019
Side note: Her mom (Marlean) is a teacher at the elementary I attended: Balboa Blvd. Elementary (Encino). #Salute
Fraser-Pryce lights up 100m final
The 32-year-old Fraser-Pryce, who skipped the 2017 championships to give birth to her first child, delivered a barnstorming run to take the 100m title in 10.71sec.
"To be standing here as world champion again after having my baby, I am elated," said Fraser-Pryce.
"The females keep showing up. We love to put on a performance and for me I am just really happy to come away with the win."
Fraser-Pryce was in control from the gun, rocketing out of the blocks and taking the lead in the opening 20 metres.
From that point there was only going to be one winner, and the veteran Jamaican swept over the line majestically to add to the world titles won in 2009, 2013 and 2015 before setting off on a victory lap carrying her two-year-old son Zyon.