Olympic and World Champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has encouraged athletes facing setbacks to not be overcome by the many barriers they face on the road to recovery.

The 32-year-old Fraser-Pryce has amazed sports fans everywhere by recently clocking some of the best times in her career, having taken time off from the sport to have her first child almost two years ago.  Recently, the sprinter dismissed the field at the London Anniversary Games clocking 10.78. 

The time was Fraser-Pryce’s third-fastest run this year and the third time the athlete has clocked a time in the 10.7s range.  Her best time this season was a sizzling 10.73, just three-hundredths of a second outside of her personal best.

“For me, it’s a testament to hard work and being committed and mentally driven as an athlete.  Time after time you hear persons telling you what you can do and what you can’t do and what is possible and what isn’t possible.  For me those are barriers and boundaries I continue to leap over,” Fraser-Pryce said.

“You have so many people that are dealing with injuries that are out for 2 years, three years and they think they can’t come back but you can,” she added.

 “It’s not just about mother for me but about athletes who are in a slump and who can’t get up believing it’s the end.  It’s about mentally preparing for the battle ahead and understanding it’s you against everything else.  You can overcome those obstacles.”

Jamaica sprint queen Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce made light work of the field to claim the women’s 100m at the London Anniversary Games on Sunday.

All the pre-race talk surrounded a possible competitive match-up between Fraser-Pryce and upcoming star Dina Asher-Smith the hometown favourite.  In the end, the race proved to be very one-sided.  Fraser-Pryce showcased a trademark bullet start before showing the rest of the field a clean pair of heels.  

The Jamaican stopped the clock at an impressive 10.78, well ahead of Asher-Smith who was second in 10.92.  The Ivory Coast’s Marie-Josée Ta Lou picked up the bronze medal with a time of 10.98.  Holland’s Dafne Schippers was disqualified after registering a false start.  The time was Fraser-Pryce’s third-fastest run this year and the third time the athlete has clocked a time in the 10.7s range.  Her best time this season remains a sizzling 10.73, which was recorded at Jamaica’s national trials in Kingston last month.

"It's a long season and I've been training and training," said 32-year-old Fraser-Pryce, who won Olympic 100m gold in 2008 and repeated the feat on the same London track four years later.

"To come out here and run 10.78 is a fabulous time. I feel good. The aim is to make sure when I get to Doha (world championships) that I'm on point."

 

The United States’ Ronnie Baker has continued to stake his claim as a genuine contender for the title of fastest man on the planet when he bested a crack field at the Muller Anniversary Games in London on Saturday. 

Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has continued to improve steadily since her return to the track this season after a layoff for the birth of her son. 

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