Two-time Olympic gold medallist, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has called on Jamaicans to take it easy on their male 4x100m relay team despite the disappointments at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Usain Bolt inspired Jamaica to win the 4x100m relay for three consecutive times [Beijing 2008, London 2012, and Rio 2016].
Yes, life without Usain Bolt was always going to be difficult for Jamaica having dominated the men’s 100m, 200m, and the 4x100m relay for twelve years, but they never believed they could descend to this lowest level.
For instance, no Jamaican male sprinter was able to advance to the 100m final for the first time in over two decades. Rasheed Dwyer made it to the final of the 200m, but finished in 7th place.
To make matters worse, their 4x100m relay team also finished fifth in the final. This forced a section of their fans to go on social media to vent their spleen on their men’s team.
But, Fraser-Pryce who shot to prominence during Usain Bolt responded asking the fans to exercise calm with their men team:
“All the Jamaicans that are beating the men and cursing and leaving all the negative comments, you need to stop it,” Fraser-Pryce said.
“It takes a lot of guts and hard work year to year to compete, to come out here and to represent.
“A lot of persons are competing at these championships, some of them are going away without making the finals.
“We were in the finals, so we need to start celebrating the men because their time is coming.”
Unlike the men, the Jamaica female team dominated in the sprint events, winning gold, silver, and bronze in the 100m final.
Elaine Thompson-Herah also won gold in the 200m as well as helping the female quartet team to clinch gold ahead of the United State of America and Great Britain.
By James K. Attaglo Wilson