Fraser-Pryce moves past VCB, has Ottey in her sights

By Sports Desk July 28, 2019
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce

Many-time Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce achieved yet another milestone, after passing compatriot Veronica Campbell-Brown for the most sub-11 clockings recorded by a Jamaican female sprinter.

The 32-year-old track star recently pulled level with the legendary Campbell-Brown at 49 apiece when she clocked 10.95 seconds in the heats at the London Diamond League.  The duo, however, did not stay tied long as Fraser-Pryce then went on to move second all-time when she clocked a breezy 10.78 to blow her opponents away in the final.

The result moved Fraser-Pryce to second all-time list behind the ageless sprint wonder Merlene Ottey.  Ottey achieved the feat some 67 times.  Double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson, currently the sprinter’s teammate and biggest rival in the event has achieved the mark 28 times.

The two are scheduled to face off at the Doha World Championship, in which both women seemed certain to add to their tally of sub-11 times.

 

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    Despite being better known over her exploits over the half the distance, where she has claimed numerous world and Olympic titles, Fraser-Pryce has also proven to be more than competitive over the distance. 

    An impressive performance over the half-lap event was part of a memorable triple gold medal haul at the Moscow World Championships.  With a personal best of 22.09 set in London, in 2012, Fraser-Pryce is yet to crack the 22-second mark.  The feat has been achieved by five Jamaican women to date Merlene Ottey, Elaine Thompson, Grace Jackson, Veronica Campbell-Brown and Juliet Cuthbert.

    Fraser-Pryce recently completed in the event at Birmingham Diamond League where she finished in third spot behind Shaunae Miller-Uibo and Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith.

    “One of my dreams, one of my goals is to get below 22 seconds.  It would be an honour to get below 22 seconds,” Fraser-Pryce told Nuffin Long Athletics.

    “I’m not the best 200m runner but I love the opportunities I get to run the 200m.  I’m one of those persons that doesn’t back from anything unless you give me a 400m then don’t want to run it.”

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    The Bahamian Olympic champion, however, had to work late on after trailing both Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith with 15 metres to go.  Miller-Uibo, however, held her form superbly to go by both in the closing stages, in the end winning by around a metre.  The result meant the Bahamian, who crossed the line in 22.24, has not lost a race since the 2017 Muller Grand Prix.  Asher-Smith was second in 22.36, with Fraser-Pryce third in 22.50.

    Despite winning the race, however, Miller-Uibo was quick to admit that things did not quite go according to plan.

    “The race didn't go to plan,” said Miller-Uibo, who set a meeting record of 22.15 when winning here last year, on that occasion also defeating Asher-Smith. “My start was just horrible and I had to rely on that 400m strength to get through."

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    Two-time Olympic gold medallist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce will release her new book, ‘I Am A Promise’, in September.

    The 32-yer-old Fraser-Pryce made the announcement on Saturday on social media.

    ‘I Am A Promise’, is a children’s picture book about the indomitable spirit of the six-time Olympic medal winner.

    The book takes readers on Fraser-Pryce's journey from her childhood in the tough inner-city community of Waterhouse in Kingston, Jamaica, through to her development as a young athlete and finally to her first Olympic gold medal in the 100 metres in Beijing, China in 2008.

    The story charts how Fraser-Pryce's commitment to hard work and encouragement from loved ones helped her to achieve every sprinter’s dreams and against great odds. The book encourages young readers to believe in themselves and to maximse their own promise to the world.

    Fraser-Pryce, in a post on Facebook, said, “I am super excited to share my most recent project! My upcoming children’s book, I Am A Promise,  which will be launched in September in select Sangster’s Bookstores locations.

    “Seeing my personal journey depicted in print and colour is such a blessing for me, and I am so humbled to be able to share it with you all.

    “The genesis of this is founded on what I believe is fundamentally important; how we raise our children, the importance of consistent love and nurturing their God-given talents always.

    “This book is extra special for me also as I will be able to read it to Zyon (her son) and teach him these valuable lessons as he grows up."

    In 2016, Fraser-Pryce published her tell-all autobiography, ‘Pryceless Journey’, which detailed her many struggles and obstacles along the path to becoming an Olympic champion.

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