Thursday, February 22, 2024

Jamaican dash legend Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce to retire after Paris Olympics

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One of the most largest feminine sprinters within the historical past of the game will probably be striking up her spikes after the 2024 Paris Olympics. Two-time Olympic 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica has gathered accolades all through her famend profession. She has gained 8 Olympic medals and 17 international championship medals all through her 19-year professional profession.

In an interview with Essence.com, Fraser-Pryce mentioned it used to be time for her to prioritize circle of relatives in her choice to retire. “My son wishes me. My husband and I’ve been in combination since sooner than I gained [gold] in 2008. He has sacrificed for me. We’re a partnership, a crew. And it’s on account of that improve that I’m in a position to do the issues that I’ve been doing for these kind of years.”

Shelly-Anne Fraser-Pryce
Shelly-Anne Fraser-Pryce within the ladies’s 100m on the 2022 Global Athletics Championships in Eugene. Picture: Kevin Morris

Fraser-Pryce soared onto the scene on the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the place she used to be topped the quickest girl on the planet, profitable the ladies’s 100m. 4 years later, she defended her Olympic 100m identify in London and added a silver medal within the 200m. Fraser-Pryce used to be nicknamed the Pocket Rocket for her explosive begins and velocity, and her small stature. Her non-public perfect of 10.60 seconds makes her the third-fastest girl in historical past.

Fraser-Pryce’s profession medal haul

Olympics

  • 3 gold: 100m (2008, 2012), 4x100m relay (2020)
  • 4 silver: 100m (2020), 200m (2012), 4x100m relay (2012, 2016)
  • One bronze: 100m (2016)

Global Championships

  • 10 gold: 100m (2009, 2013, 2015, 2019, 2022), 200m (2013), 4x100m relay (2009, 2013, 2015, 2019)
  • 5 silver: 200m (2022), 4x100m relay (2007, 2011, 2022, 2023)
  • One bronze: 100m (2023)

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In 2019, she changed into the oldest girl to win the 100m international championship identify in Doha. She prolonged that report via profitable once more at 35 in Eugene in 2022–14 years after her first Olympic gold. 

Jamaica 4x100m relay team Eugene
Jamaica’s 4x100m relay crew on the 2022 Global Athletics Championships in Eugene, Ore. Picture: Kevin Morris

Fraser-Pryce added that this yr’s Olympics in Paris is ready appearing folks that you just forestall when making a decision. “I need to end alone phrases,” mentioned the 37-year-old sprinter.

Regardless of making ready to depart the game within the rear-view reflect, Fraser-Pryce will nonetheless be probably the most favourites to win a medal within the ladies’s 100m in Paris. “There’s now not an afternoon I’m getting as much as pass practise and I’m like, ‘I’m over this,’” she mentioned.



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