“It Speaks to Other Women”- Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce Is Proud To Inspire Other Female Athletes on the Track

Published 08/21/2021, 4:05 AM 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 is heading to the Nike Prefontaine Classic this year not only as an Olympic silver medallist and one of the fastest women of all time but as a competitor in what is arguably the biggest storyline this year, revolving around American athlete Sha’Carri Richardson.

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The stakes are high, and every track fan around the world will be tuning in to witness this climax. However, in the midst of it all, Fraser-Pryce does not forget the true message behind the race and what she runs for. 

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Athletics – Women’s 200m – Semifinal – Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, Japan – August 2, 2021. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica in action during Semifinal 1 REUTERS/Hannah Mckay

With the increasing attention women’s sporting events have been receiving, many a time even over men’s, the Jamaican is proud of what she and her fellow female athletes have been able to accomplish and the social message they are sending through the race. 

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“I think it’s very important, you know, especially for women. I think we should get to decide what we want to do when we want to do it and still come back and have a kick-ass career,” Shell-Ann said, in a press conference ahead of the Prefontaine Classic. “I think, you know, for far too long a lot of women have put off things that they want to accomplish because of what the opinions of other people are.”

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

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce believes in what she represents

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is a mother herself and knows how much she represents while running. At 34 years of age, she is still capable of running under 10.70 seconds and is an icon in Jamaican history, a role model to many.

“Whether it’s facts or whatever it is, but to be able to have different women in different events as mothers to rise to the occasion and to still deliver credible performances, I think it speaks to other women who want to make decisions for themselves and know that they can and still come back and do what they want to do,” Shelly-Ann concluded.

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The Tokyo Games saw a number of mothers competing, leaving their children behind to fight for something bigger. Alex Morgan, Allyson Felix, Shelly-Ann, and so many other athletes were part of this and all managed to make a statement by bagging medals.

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We will see the Jamaicans run again, and although eyes will be on the Sha’Carri Richardson storyline, the bigger picture is the attention given to women’s running events which have improved significantly over the past few months. 

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