Legendary Jamaican Sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce Says She Wants to Inspire Women Before Ending Career at Tokyo Olympics 2020

Published 07/18/2021, 10:45 AM EDT


Over the last decade, the Jamaicans dominated the track sprint races, with most of the 100m and 200m medals going to them. Usain Bolt held the gold medals for both races across three different Olympic editions. In the women’s department, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce joined him in bringing the gold home. 

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Winning the gold medal for 100m in Beijing in 2008 and London in 2012, Fraser-Pryce is ready to take back her throne at 34 years of age. She lost out to fellow Jamaican Elaine Thomson and USA’s Tori Bowie in Rio 2016 but looks to overcome that in Tokyo. 

Early in June this year, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce became the fourth-fastest woman of all time, clocking in at 10.63 seconds in a 100m sprint held in Kingston. This timing made legendary athlete Florence Griffith Joyner or FloJo the only woman in history faster than her. 

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Athletics – JAAA National Senior Championships – National Stadium, Kingston, Jamaica – June 27, 2021 Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce celebrates after winning the women’s 200 m REUTERS/Gilbert Bellamy

The first three fastest timings are held by FloJo, so technically Fraser-Pryce is the second-fastest woman in history. With this performance at 34 years old, she has become the favorite for the Olympic Gold in Tokyo.

In what could possibly be her final Olympic Games, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce took to social media to express her aim by the end of an illustrious career. 

“When I hang up my spikes I want to know that I inspired other women and girls to go after their dreams,” she wrote. 

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has proved that age is just a number

Fans believed Fraser-Pryce was done many times over the years. After Rio, it seemed as if there was a new queen in town. However, the Jamaican managed to come back to win the 2019 World Championship in Doha and has now clocked her fastest ever time.

Athletics – JAAA National Senior Championships – National Stadium, Kingston, Jamaica – June 25, 2021 Jamaica’s Sherica Jackson, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Prycer and Elaine Thompson-Herah in action during the women’s 100 m REUTERS/Gilbert Bellamy

“I’m at a loss for words because 10.6 has been a dream, a goal,” she said after the achievement. With this feat, she managed to set a new meet record in Jamaica, shattering the one she shared with Elaine Thompson-Herah at 10.70 seconds. 

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At the Tokyo Olympics, Shelly-Ann has the opportunity to become the first woman to win an individual track and field event three times. Apart from this, she could also become the oldest woman to win an individual Olympic sprint event.

Athletics – JAAA National Senior Championships – National Stadium, Kingston, Jamaica – June 27, 2021 Jamaica’s Sherika Jackson, Elaine Thompson-Hera and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce in action during the women’s 200 m REUTERS/Gilbert Bellamy

Supported by the now-retired Usain Bolt as well, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce looks to add yet another high note to what has been a legendary athletic career. 

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