Fraser-Pryce targets 21-second 200m as she eyes Olympic sprint double

By December 17, 2019

Two-time Olympic 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce says she is targeting dipping under 22 seconds for the 200m next season as she eyes the sprint double at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.

The last time she attempted the sprint double at the Olympic Games was in London 2012 when she won gold in the 100m and silver in the half-lap sprint. She said she plans to have another go at it in what will be her last Olympic campaign.

“I will be doubling up, definitely,” she said revealing her Olympic ambitions. “Last year, I really wanted to attempt the double but coach had other plans, so I just worked with that plan. He knows best so I just worked with his plan.”

However, for her to contend for a gold medal in the 200m, Fraser-Pryce, who won the event at the Pan Am Games in Peru this past summer, is aware that she will have to go faster than she ever has. She has never broken 22 seconds but with the likes of Dina Asher-Smith, the 2019 World Champion, Elaine Thompson and Shaunae Miller-Uibo, all likely to line up for the race in Tokyo, the so-called Pocket Rocket knows she will have to break new ground.

“I am definitely looking forward to doing the 200m, especially because I believe in my heart that I can run 21s. It's a big passion of mine so I am working really hard towards that. So hopefully, I will get to run some more 400m even though I don't like it, but hopefully, I will get it done for 2020,” she said.

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