Four-time world champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has made it clear that the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo will be her last but has indicated that she will be attempting to defend her 100m title in Eugene, Oregon in 2021.
The two-time Olympic 100m champion (2008 and 2012) was attempting to win a third 100m title at the 2016 Rio Games but hampered by a toe injury she finished third.
The Pocket Rocket, who won 100m Olympic titles in 2008 and 2012, was attempting to become the first woman to win three consecutive Olympic titles and break a tie with Americans Gail Devers (1992 and 1996) and Wyomia Tyus (1964 and 1968).
Despite falling short in Brazil, Fraser-Pryce still rewrote history books she became the first woman to medal in three consecutive Olympic 100m finals.
She will now attempt to win a third gold and a fourth medal in Tokyo in 2020, something she confirmed in a recent interview with The Telegraph.
“I am always grateful for the opportunity to represent my country, my family, myself. But Tokyo is my last Olympics. I definitely know that,” said Fraser-Pryce, who won a record fourth 100m world title in Doha in September.
“I will miss the sport, but I will be OK. I don’t think it will be hard to retire. Athletics is just one thing I do.”
Asked by Sportsmax.TV to clarify whether she will go on beyond 2020, Fraser-Pryce emphasised that 2020 will be her last Olympics. However, her manager Bruce James said that the definitely will not be at the Olympic in 2024 but made it clear that as the defending world champion, Fraser-Pryce does have an invitation to the 2021 World Championships in Eugene.
There, she will attempt to become the first woman to win five 100m world titles, further cementing her legacy as arguably the greatest female sprinter in history.
Source: Leighton Levy