Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce: Statue ranks high among best moments

By October 16, 2018
Fraser-Pryce poses before her statue along with Jamaica's Prime Minister Andrew Holness, Minister of Sports Olivia Grange and sculptor Basil Watson. Fraser-Pryce poses before her statue along with Jamaica's Prime Minister Andrew Holness, Minister of Sports Olivia Grange and sculptor Basil Watson.

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce believes that having a statue in her honour ranks right up there with the greatest things she has achieved as one of the best female sprinters in history.

On Sunday, the two-time Olympic champion was on hand to witness the unveiling of the statue in her honour, 10 months after Usain Bolt’s statue was unveiled a few metres away last December at Statute Park in the National Stadium Complex in Kingston.

On a rainy night, Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness and Sports Minister Olivia Grange showered praise on the athlete who was the first Jamaican woman to win an Olympic 100m title and the first to win three sprint titles at the same world championship event.

The unveiling of the statue came shortly afterwards, and the athlete, who has become known to deliver her best performances on the biggest of stages, was overwhelmed by the occasion.

“I think is very big, to have a statue in your country for others to see, just to represent your legacy and what you have done on the track so I am really honoured and I think it ranks very high and I am just excited about it,” she told SportsMax.TV after the ceremony was concluded.

“I am not very speechless often but I am grateful, honestly.”

The statue was the second of four to be completed by noted sculptor Basil Watson under the Jamaica 55 Legacy Programme.

Statues of two-time Olympic gold medallist Veronica Campbell-Brown and former 100m world record holder Asafa Powell are set to be unveiled in the coming months.

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