“I Wasn’t Watching Sha’Carri Richardson”- Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce Snubs Rival After Nike Prefontaine Classic 2021

Published 08/22/2021, 9:49 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

Jamaica’s dominance in the sprinting events is incredible to watch. Despite the retirement of Usain Bolt, there are still stars from the country who perform to the fullest. Likewise, the Nike Prefontaine Classic athletics competition saw the three Jamaicans on the top of the podium once again. Elaine Thompson-Herah, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, and Shericka Jackson proved everyone with on-track abilities as they finished 1-2-3.


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After the race, the silver medalist Fraser-Pryce spoke to the reporters about her experience in Oregon.

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

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce looked happy


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Despite Thompson leading the race, the 34-year-old Fraser-Pryce still looked lively to go strong in the 100-meter competitions. She spoke in excitement about her performance after the race.

“I’m glad to be part of a race that pushes me to make sure that I execute and do what I know I can do.”

“It was still time to put together and still have a solid race.”

The sprinter is one of the best racers out there and looks to be going for more glory. Age doesn’t slow her down, and she continues to break barriers for women in the world of athletics. The ability to be determined once again and to be on the top makes her a bonafide legend.

“No. You’re going out there, you’re expecting to be the winner. It didn’t go according to how I wanted it but nevertheless, I think I had a good race, still, things I need to work on so you take that lesson and you move on and work on that,” said Fraser-Pryce.

Pure ‘gold’ from the golden girl from Jamaica.


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A dig on Sha’Carri Richardson

The three Jamaicans are once again showing the world why the country produces the best sprinters. Elaine Thompson-Herah came close to beat Florence Griffith Joyner’s long-standing 100-meter world record set in the 1988 Olympics. Likewise, they repeated a Jamaican 1-2-3 from Tokyo as Fraser-Pryce and Jackson finished second and third, respectively.

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, the race built up with the antics of Sha’Carri Richardson, who came back after a ban from athletics. Despite all her antics, she finished last and most of the athletes took a banter towards her at the end. Fraser-Pryce didn’t shy away either. When the reporter asked her about Richardson on the track, she replied.


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“I wasn’t watching Sha’Carri.”

But when asked about whether she had doubts that the Jamaicans would dominate the event, an epic response cemented her legacy.

“No, you shouldn’t have.”


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A fitting reply to the personnel. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce will go down as one of the best sprinters in track and field history.

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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.