Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce Withdraws From Elaine Thompson-Herah Showdown Due to Fatigue

Published 08/28/2021, 2:12 AM EDT
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


After months of competitions and races, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce confirmed her withdrawal from the Paris Diamond League. Moreover, the legendary sprinter spoke about fatigue being an issue, after months of training for the Olympics. Thus, her decision makes complete sense considering she is a veteran in the sport to lower the risk of injuries. At such an advanced stage in her career, it’s imperative that she looks after her body to be able to compete for as long as possible.

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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 Fraser-Pryce withdraws from Diamond League

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The Jamaican trio of Elaine-Thompson Herah, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, and Shericka Jackson have enthralled audiences with their incredible races. The trio finished bagged all three medals at Tokyo Olympics 2020 in an incredible 100-meter race. Despite the presence of other incredible competitors, these women are on top of the sprinting world right now.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Athletics – Women’s 100m – Medal Ceremony – Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, Japan – August 1, 2021. Gold medallist, Elaine Thompson-Herah of Jamaica wearing a protective face mask on the podium poses with silver medallist, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica wearing a protective face mask and bronze medallist Shericka Jackson of Jamaica wearing a protective face mask REUTERS/Hannah Mckay

However, Fraser-Pryce announced her withdrawal from the Paris Diamond League because of fatigue. The build-up of fatigue after intense preparations for the Olympics and a hectic schedule is completely understandable.

The dominance of these three women on the sport is overwhelming. In terms of winning medals, they have won everything. But can one of them finally beat the world record set by Florence Griffith Joyner back in 1988?

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Can they break the world record?

Before Fraser-Pryce announced her withdrawal from the event, the sprinter took home the gold medal in the Lausanne Diamond League competition. She set a time of 10.60 in the 100-meter race as Thompson-Herah finished second setting a time of 10.64; which was the fastest losing time created in the race’s history. As usual, Jackson finished third.

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These sensational athletes will be looking to break the long-standing record of Griffith Joyner set back in 1988. She set a time of 10.49 and Thompson-Herah came close to breaking it by setting a time of 10.54 during the Nike Prefontaine Classic tournament in Oregon.

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Can they break the record? The jury is still out on that particular question. But, there is no doubt that these amazing athletes are legends in the women’s 100-meter competitions.

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the centre the respect he deserves.

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