Olympic Champion Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce Withdraws From Diamond League Finals In Zurich

Published 09/09/2021, 2:28 PM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Athletics – Women’s 4 x 100m Relay – Final – Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, Japan – August 6, 2021. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica before competing REUTERS/Aleksandra Szmigiel


Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce, the Olympic silver medalist has decided not to compete in the Diamond League finals in Zurich. The 4-time world champion has had an extremely successful 2021 but will not participate in the events in Zurich.

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The 34-year-old won the silver in the 100m and the gold in the 4x100m relay in Tokyo. Surprisingly, the Olympic medals weren’t even the biggest achievements this year by the veteran Jamaican.

Athletics – Diamond League – Lausanne – Lausanne, Switzerland – August 26, 2021 Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce celebrates winning the women’s 100m final REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Shelly-Ann won gold at the Diamond League in Lausanne and her timing of 10.60seconds was a matter of pride and glory to her. Oozing with elation, she said, “I had a very good feeling and I’m happy to have been able to do that time“. She also added that, “I continue to work well, race after race. I believed in myself and tonight I am leaving with a personal best”. 

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Shelly-Ann at Zurich

After this triumphant display of talent, it was disappointing to learn that the 8 times Olympian is not going to participate in the Zurich leg of Diamond Leauge. Her agent, Paul Doyle, said that she has decided to withdraw from the final which is going to take place on 15th September. She qualified for the finals on the basis of her prior plays this season performing in other legs of Diamond League. But, Doyle states that she will not star in Zurich. She also declared, “She is not competing in Zurich. She has not withdrawn so to speak, she was never confirmed“.

The last time she competed was in Poland on Sunday. She ran with a timing of 10.81 seconds at Kamila Skolimowska Memorial meet, an event for World Athletics Continental Tour Gold, coming first in the 100m. Since the Summer Games in Tokyo, she has participated in a total of 3 races. Hopefully, fans will see the sprinter back in action in no time.

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Divya Chaturvedi

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Divya Chaturvedi is an Olympic Athletics author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing her Under Graduate degree in Psychology from the University of Delhi. She's also an internationally recognized athlete, specializing in Shot Put and Discus, representing India at the International Children's Games held in Australia has been one of the biggest feats in her endeavor so far. Having participated in The Road to Wimbledon and representing the state several times, she bagged a number of titles for the same.

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