Dodging Retirement Since Motherhood, Olympic Legend Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce Reveals the Real Reason Behind Her Ultimate Decision

Published 02/09/2024, 12:40 AM EST

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The Budapest WAC witnessed track and field doyen Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce owning the occasion last year. But after that, the Olympian announced about her niggle in muscle. Since then, the prized presence remained dark for the rest of the season. However, the Olympic year was all captivated to become a bystander of Fraser-Pryce’s emphatic sprinting on the field. But as of now, the 37-year-old luminary kept missing out on the chances. 

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In this debacle, on February 8, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce appeared in a conversation with her branding engagement. The conversation uncapped several insights from her life, including her testimony on prioritizing her family over her sprinting future. 

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In the latest feature with Essence, the 5x Olympic medalist Shelly-Ann disbursed her retirement news just after the Paris Olympics. The Flo Track captured the essence in its X-post. It narrated, “Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, the Jamaican sprint legend, announced that the Paris 2024 Olympics will be her final Olympic Games.” In that conversation, the Jamaican indicated her family boundaries for making such a decision. “My son needs me,” the mother in the veil of an athlete said last evening.

However, the retirement question was raised for her when she acknowledged her pregnancy news years ago. The then 30-year-old Shelly-Ann could only evade such questions and continue with the sporting affair.

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So in that mood, the world saw her going into the practice in her 11th post-pregnancy week. Moreover, the former world champion was so determined in her decision that a customized compression bandage accompanied her in every practice after that. In the track as well, that fiery note was public through Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce’s performance. 

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The last dance to touch Allyson Felix 

In 2017, her son Zyon was born. Since then, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce progressed thoroughly in the tracks. In 2018, she registered 10.98 in the 100m event in the same venue where she had won her 200m Olympic silver once. To improve the performance, in 2021, Shelly-Ann earned her best timing in 100m. However, her Olympic and World Championship fortunes in 100m didn’t sparkle much after her pregnancy, barring the 100m bronze in Budapest. 

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But the 200m event still holds the Jamaican in a revered position. In 2022, the sprinting luminary earned the silver in WAC. By combining all these earnings, she is now in similar standing with Allyson Felix (both have 8 medals in major titles). But being Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is not always easy. So, she always believed in posting rebuttals through her achievements. On this estimate, once she said, “I live in the moment. One year at a time. I try not to think about too many things at once.” On this line, her reasons for the latest announcement might give a fitting similarity. 

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Prasun Chakrabarty

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Hello there! I am Prasun Chakrabarty, an Olympics sports writer at EssentiallySports. Being an adrenaline junkie, I take a keen interest in creating insights about various avenues of the sporting realm. As an ardent swimming enthusiast, I take inspiration from the Baltimore Bullet Michael Phelps and love to create insights on various nooks and crannies around the turquoise turf.
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