“We All Run for Jamaica”- Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce on Her Rivalry With Fellow Jamaican Elaine Thompson-Herah at Tokyo Olympics 2020

Published 08/13/2021, 8:49 AM EDT


Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce came into these Olympic Games with the goal of winning another gold medal. Her best hope was the 100m sprint, but she was forced to settle for silver after being beaten to the punch by fellow Jamaican Elaine Thompson-Herah. 

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The two have had quite a history on the track and have been neck-to-neck in the competition since Rio. Thompson managed to outpace Fraser-Pryce in 2016 and did it again in 2021, dashing what could be her final hopes at a gold medal. 

“I’ll be honest, these Olympics didn’t go the way I’d wanted them to,” Fraser-Pryce wrote in a section on The Players’ Tribune. “I wanted to become the first woman to win three gold medals in the 100 meters, and unfortunately that didn’t happen this time.”

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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

Even though her own dreams fell short, she is happy that the gold ultimately came to Jamaica itself through Elaine Thompson-Herah. “God’s will always prevails, and Elaine was able to bring home the gold for our country.”

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce does not see her Tokyo campaign as a failure

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce was part of the Jamaican clean sweep in the women’s 100m race, with Elaine Thompson-Herah in front and Shericka Jackson behind. However, she does not categorize herself as the defeated, but as an inspiration to others, that age is just a number.

“Helping to bring home the gold in the 4 × 100 relay really was the perfect ending,” she wrote. “In most places, track is an individual sport, you know? It is all about you, the runner. But here? Track is the collective. It is in our blood, in our social fabric.”

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

“It is all of us. I won’t lie, if you saw us out there, you know we are competitive as hell!! Hahah. But at the end of the day, we all run for Jamaica.”

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Elaine Thompson-Herah showed up and showed up big at the Olympics, setting a new Olympic record of 10.61 seconds in the women’s 100m race, replacing Florence Griffith Joyner’s legendary timing. She even went on to win the women’s 200m sprint, an event in which Shelly-Ann failed to medal, coming fourth. 

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

Bad blood does not exist between these two absolute legends of the track, and in the end, it’s all about who brings the gold back to Jamaica, which is exactly what the women have been doing over the past decade and beyond. 

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