'It's a long time since I've broken a record' - Fraser-Pryce ecstatic about breaking long-standing record

By Sports Desk August 09, 2019
Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce

Decorated Jamaica sprint star Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce admitted she was ecstatic after breaking the long-standing record of American Evelyn Ashford at the Pan American Games on Friday.

Fraser-Pryce easily outclassed the rest of the field to clock 22.43 seconds in the Peruvian capital of Lima, beating the competition’s previous record of 22.45.  The Jamaican finished well clear of second-place Brazilian Vitoria Cristina Rose two-tenths of a second with Bahamian Tynia Gaither third in 22.76.

"It's a long time since I've broken a record so I feel great about that," the 32-year-old said.

The Jamaican admitted that although it took a while to warm up in Lima's damp, chilly weather, she was focused on her strategy.

"My coach told me to run the first half very hard and I decided to go for it from the gun," she said.

 "We were all cold out there but I wasn't too worried about the cold, I was just worried about everyone behind me."

She's still working on getting "a perfect finish," and her goal now is to break Elaine's Thompson's Jamaican record and win the gold at the world championships.

"It's always an honor to represent Jamaica and have some fun. That's what I wanted to do today."

 

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