Monday, March 4, 2024

Jamaican dash legend Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce to retire after Paris Olympics

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One of the most largest feminine sprinters within the historical past of the game will likely be striking up her spikes after the 2024 Paris Olympics. Two-time Olympic 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica has accumulated accolades all through her famend occupation. She has received 8 Olympic medals and 17 international championship medals all through her 19-year professional occupation.

In an interview with Essence.com, Fraser-Pryce mentioned it used to be time for her to prioritize circle of relatives in her resolution to retire. “My son wishes me. My husband and I’ve been in combination since sooner than I received [gold] in 2008. He has sacrificed for me. We’re a partnership, a workforce. And it’s as a result of that toughen that I’m in a position to do the issues that I’ve been doing for some of these years.”

Shelly-Anne Fraser-Pryce
Shelly-Anne Fraser-Pryce within the ladies’s 100m on the 2022 International Athletics Championships in Eugene. Picture: Kevin Morris

Fraser-Pryce soared onto the scene on the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the place she used to be topped the quickest lady on this planet, profitable the ladies’s 100m. 4 years later, she defended her Olympic 100m name in London and added a silver medal within the 200m. Fraser-Pryce used to be nicknamed the Pocket Rocket for her explosive begins and pace, and her small stature. Her non-public highest of 10.60 seconds makes her the third-fastest lady in historical past.

Fraser-Pryce’s occupation medal haul

Olympics

  • 3 gold: 100m (2008, 2012), 4x100m relay (2020)
  • 4 silver: 100m (2020), 200m (2012), 4x100m relay (2012, 2016)
  • One bronze: 100m (2016)

International Championships

  • 10 gold: 100m (2009, 2013, 2015, 2019, 2022), 200m (2013), 4x100m relay (2009, 2013, 2015, 2019)
  • 5 silver: 200m (2022), 4x100m relay (2007, 2011, 2022, 2023)
  • One bronze: 100m (2023)

WATCH: International 100m champion dusts oldsters in class race

In 2019, she was the oldest lady to win the 100m international championship name in Doha. She prolonged that file by way of profitable once more at 35 in Eugene in 2022–14 years after her first Olympic gold. 

Jamaica 4x100m relay team Eugene
Jamaica’s 4x100m relay workforce on the 2022 International Athletics Championships in Eugene, Ore. Picture: Kevin Morris

Fraser-Pryce added that this 12 months’s Olympics in Paris is ready appearing other folks that you just forestall when you make a decision. “I wish to end by myself phrases,” mentioned the 37-year-old sprinter.

In spite of making ready to depart the game within the rear-view reflect, Fraser-Pryce will nonetheless be one of the most favourites to win a medal within the ladies’s 100m in Paris. “There’s no longer an afternoon I’m getting as much as move practise and I’m like, ‘I’m over this,’” she mentioned.



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