Fraser-Pryce looks to lower national record, keeps return date a secret

By April 16, 2018
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce

Double Olympic gold medalist, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has done it all, or has she?

Fraser-Pryce, who has achieved everything there is to achieve in the world of sprinting, except for a world record, took some time off from the track to have a child. She is back and has found a new goal.

Now Fraser-Pryce wants to do something rarely ever achieved. She wants to join the three women in history who have run faster than 10.70, the national record she shares with Elaine Thompson.

Florence Griffith-Joyner, who holds the world record at 10.49, Carmelita Jeter, who has gone as quick as 10.64, and Marion Jones, who was a smidge slower at 10.65, are the only other women to have dipped below the barrier.

"I have always said to myself that if they can do it, you can do it too," Fraser-Pryce said in an interview with the Sunday Gleaner in her home country of Jamaica.

"I haven't achieved everything. I just think, time-wise, I believe I can dip below the 10.70 barrier," she said.

Despite the obvious challenges of getting back to your best after a baby, Fraser-Pryce still believes she can, even at 32 years old, beat the odds, especially because of the way she came of age in the sport she loves.

"I know I can do it. You just have to put your foot forward and commit yourself and just work hard towards it. A lot of persons may think that coming back from a baby is hard. Listen, every day is hard. Training itself is hard, so I am looking forward to the challenge,” she said.

While she has said her progress has been good and her body is where she expects it to be, Fraser-Pryce is still mum on when she will first take to the track.

Paul-Andre Walker

Paul-Andre is the Managing Editor at He comes to the role with almost 20 years of experience as journalist. That experience includes all facets of media. He began as a sports Journalist in 2001, quickly moving into radio, where he was an editor before becoming a news editor and then an entertainment editor with one of the biggest media houses in the Caribbean.

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