Thursday 19 September, 2019

Fraser-Pryce looking to get back to her glory days

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (file photo)

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (file photo)

Olympic gold medal winner, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, is yearning to get back to her glory days, and is working with her longtime coach, Stephen Francis, with the hope of re-establishing herself as the world’s top women’s sprinter.

Fraser-Pryce captured a section of the 60-metre race at the Queen’s/Grace Jackson Meet at the National Stadium on Saturday by easily taking section two of the short sprint event in 7.21 seconds, ahead on the clock of fellow Olympic winner, Elaine Thompson, who won section one in 7.24 seconds.

Both times were well below the meet record of 7.02 seconds that was set by Thompson two years ago. However, Fraser-Pryce said she was pleased with her effort, especially having given birth to her son Zylon two years ago.

She said, “It is still a work in progress. Last year was a bit choppy, but nonetheless, it was a success for me coming back from having my son. This year I am just looking forward to putting the pieces together and trying to get back to where I was, and so far Stephen Francis and I have been working and I am just excited about the outcome.

“I am happy. It’s my first race, so I can’t complain. There are many more to go, so I am just praying that I stay injury-free. I am feeling good and I am excited about the upcoming season, and I am putting in the work,” said Fraser-Pryce, who missed the last two Queen’s/Grace Jackson Meets.

At the height of her career, Fraser-Pryce won gold medals at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games in Beijing, China and London, England, respectively. In the latter version, she also won silver medals in the 200 metres and the 4x100 metre relay.

In 2016 at the last Olympic Games, hampered by a toe injury for most of the season, Fraser-Pryce was able to win bronze in the 100 metres and the 4x100.

At the World Championships, Fraser-Pryce has seven gold medals. She won gold in the 100 metres in Berlin, Germany in 2009; Moscow, Russia 2013; and Beijing, China in 2015. She was also the 200-metre winner in Moscow, where she also helped Jamaica to the 4x100-metre gold, as she did in 2009 and 2015. She also has silver medals from the 4x100 in Osaka, Japan in 2007,,and Daegu, South Korea in 2011.

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