Fraser-Pryce, Blake named captains of Jamaica's Olympic team

By Javid Bryan July 26, 2021
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 Two-time Olympic 100m gold-medalist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and double Olympic silver medalist Yohan Blake have been named captains of Jamaica's track-and-field team at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

The Jamaica Athletics Administration Association (JAAA) revealed the appointments on social media earlier today, 72 hours before the track and field competition begins in Tokyo.

This marks the first time both athletes were made captains on the same Olympic track and field team.  Fraser-Pryce in her fourth Olympics was named captain of Jamaica’s track and field team before at the 2019 IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar. 

Earlier this year, Fraser-Pryce became the fastest woman alive after clocking 10.63 seconds at the JAAA Olympic Destiny Series on June 5.  She subsequently sped to the sprint double at the Jamaica National Trials later that month.

Blake, at his third Olympics and who won silver medals in the 100m and 200m at the London Olympics in 2012, has regained his confidence after reviving his former moniker - The Beast - that he had given up several years ago.

Track and field will get underway on Thursday at 7:45 pm. Jamaican discus thrower Fredrick Dacres will be the first in action on the day.

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