Most decorated Jamaican sprinter, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has pulled out of the women’s 100m at the Wanda Diamond League final in Zurich, Switzerland tomorrow.
The two-time Olympic gold medallist over the 100m dash had qualified for the final having accumulated 28 points, same as Côte d’Ivoire’s Marie-Josée Ta Lou while Elaine Thompson-Herah comes third on 23 points.
But her agent Paul Doyle confirmed the shocking news on Tuesday, saying that the final did not form part of their plans for the year:
“No, she [Fraser-Pryce] will not [run],” Doyle told Trackalerts.com
“The Diamond League final just wans’t in the plans.”
Fraser-Pryce and Thompson-Herah have been on each other’s neck in the past weeks recording mind blowing times over the 100m dash and many were expecting to see the Jamaican duo compete for supremacy once more in Zurich.
For instance, ‘double double’ Olympic gold medallist – Elaine Thompson-Herah coasted 10.54 seconds at the Prefontaine Diamond League in Eugene, Oregon to become the second-fastest all time, while Fraser-Pryce on the other hand finished first in 10.60 seconds at the Lausanne Diamond League in Switzerland to become the third fastest woman in history.
In the absence of Fraser-Pryce, Thompson-Herah will face off against the likes of Ta Lou [Ivory Coast], Dina Asher-Smith [Great Britain], Javianne Oliver [USA], Daryll Neita [Great Britain], Ajla Del Ponte [Switzerland], and Mujinga Kambundji [Switzerland].
By Godfred Kwasi Yeboah