‘I’m at the Peak of My Career’- 34 Year-Old Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce Silences Retirement Talk

Published 10/28/2021, 6:38 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


Often regarded as the greatest starter from the blocks, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is a legend of athletics. Not only has she won many gold medals, but her incredible longevity is remarkable. The 34-year-old athlete took part in this year’s Tokyo Olympics 2020 and won a silver medal in the 100-meters race.

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The rise of Elaine Thompson-Herah is significant for the track events, as she won consecutive gold medals in Rio and Tokyo. However, Fraser-Pryce is not done yet. She wants to go all out once again and prove why she is the best in the world.

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Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce wants more glory

In a recent interview with Sky Sports News, she spoke about wanting to achieve more in her career and her fitness levels are right up there with the best athletes.

“I’m at the peak of my career. It’s so mind-blowing that I think I owe it to myself, I owe it to the next generation of women that will come after me and those that are still here, to push this to another level.”

“I said to my husband and my coach, it’s so strange because I’ve heard of people when they are about to retire they say they’re feeling so much pain. And while you understand their journey, I’m looking at it like, I still feel good! And if I feel good, why not go for it,” said Fraser-Pryce.

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

‘The ‘Pocket Rocket’ continues to defy all odds, and her sheer determination to compete is incredible. With Thompson-Herah and Shericka Jackson right behind her back, the three-time Olympic gold medalist might take part in the World Athletics Championships Oregon 22.

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Like she said in her interview, there are many new sprinters in the track events right now.

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One name that comes to everyone’s mind is Marie-Josee Ta Lou. Although she is not young, the Ivorian sprinter has consistently put in outstanding performances on the tracks. The 32-year-old sprinter is a two-time silver medalist at the World Championships. Also, she set a personal best time of 10.78 at the recent Tokyo Olympics.

Likewise, Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith is right up there behind the trio of Jamaicans. Moreover, she is an expert in the 200-meters race. But, the 25-year-old phenomenon is edging closer to winning the 100-meters. Her personal best time is 10.83.

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

Thus, when Fraser-Pryce is added to the mix, her personal best of 10.60 is way better than most of these athletes. Nevertheless, she set the third-fastest time in women’s 100-meters competition; proving why age is just a number!

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is a US Sports and 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 center the respect he deserves.

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