At 34 years, Elite Performance Track Club sprinter, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce believes she’s still got what it takes to compete at the highest level.
A dominant force in women’s sprint having won more global 100m titles than any other female sprinter in history, the “Pocket Rocket” was tipped by many as the favourite for the women’s 100m gold at the Tokyo Olympics.
The Kingston born sprinter entered the Games with a personal best of 10.63 seconds, but could not beat Elaine Thompson-Herah to the 100m gold in Tokyo. Thompson-Herah finished first in 10.61 seconds to retain the title she won at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
But despite her failure to win a medal in the 200m, Fraser-Pryce who is one of the most decorated athletes in history having won ten gold [including one indoor title] and two silver insists she has plenty more left to give:
“A lot of persons believe that you’ve reached a certain age, you’ve achieved so much, why do more?” Fraser Pryce said.
“I believe there’s more to give. As you can see, I ran 21.9, I ran 21.7 earlier at the Jamaica National Champions. I ran 10.6, I’m still running 10.7 seconds.
“It just shows the power of God and the gift and the talent that I have been given. When I’m ready when it’s time I’m hoping that someone along the way has been inspired.”
By James K. Attaglo Wilson