“No Room for Error”: Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce Reveals Why She Failed Against Rival Elaine Thompson-Herah in 2021

Published 10/30/2021, 9:08 AM EDT
LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – AUGUST 26: Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce competes in Women’s 100m at Stade Olympique Pontaise on August 26, 2021 in Lausanne, Switzerland. (Photo by Marco Mantovani/Getty Images)


Presently, Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce and Elaine Thompson-Herah are the fastest women alive. Even though they belong to the same nation, Jamaica, the competition between the two is intense and cut-throat.

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At the Summer Games held in Tokyo, Elaine Thompson claimed three golds in 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay. In addition to this, her timing in 100m was remarkable. Making the new Olympic record by clocking 10.61 seconds, she created history. Furthermore, her timing of 21.53 in 200m, also left everyone awestruck. Interestingly, with such incredible timing, she came very close to the world record held by Florence Griffith-Joyner.

Famously known as Flo-Jo, the late American still has an unbeaten world record of 10.54 in 100m and 21.34 in 200m. But there are chances that one of the Jamaicans might soon break those records.

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What did Shelly-Ann say after losing to Elaine?

Securing the second position, Shelly-Ann ran with the timing of 10.74. There was a significant difference in the performance of the two Jamaicans. In one of her recent interviews, she opened up about the reasons for losing gold to her compatriot, Elaine.

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

Reacting on the same, The Pocket Rocket detailed, “Looking back at the 2021 season it was mixed. I had a lot of highs and I had some lows, and you know I had the lows where I didn’t want to have them. At the Olympics I was in great shape, I was definitely hoping to run so much better and I knew I could, but it just shows how the 100m is so fast and there’s no room for error.

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The rivalry between the Jamaicans- Shelly vs Elaine

Although the two have represented the nation individually, as well as a team, they are most definitely arch rivals. Right after the Olympic Games in Tokyo, a golden opportunity appeared for Shelly-Ann. The Diamond League, also known as the Prefontaine Classic was a way for her to redeem herself. And so, she beat Elaine in the 100m event and emerged victoriously. By recording timing of 10.60, she secured the pending gold for herself.

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Even though the Summer Games did not go as per Shelly-Ann’s expectations, she managed a way to get back up and defeated her rival. She did not stop believing in her potential and hence got to enjoy the sweet taste of glory. Do you see continuing the momentum? Help us know in the comments below.

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Divya Chaturvedi

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Divya Chaturvedi is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing her Undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Delhi. She's also an internationally recognized athlete, specializing in Shot Put and Discus. Representing India at the International Children's Games in Australia has been one of the biggest feats in her endeavor so far.

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