Accomplished Jamaican sprinter, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is all but ready to give out her best as she goes down the lane against the most feared Elaine Thompson-Herah as well as the unpredictable Shericka Jackson this evening at the Prefontaine Classic Diamond League at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.
The Jamaican trio broke the headlines at the just ended Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games having finished 1st, 2nd, and 3rd respectively in the women’s 100m final which saw The FastElaine [10.61] breaking the late Florence Griffith-Joyner’s record of 10.62 seconds.
Meanwhile, prior to the Olympics Fraser-Pryce proved to be the real deal among the three Jamaican sprint goddess having won the Jamaican trials in 10.71 seconds, ahead of Shericka Jackson [10.82], and Elaine Thompson-Herah [10.84] but the story in Tokyo was different all together as Thompson-Herah emerged supreme, retaining her 100m and 200m gold medals in a flamboyant style.
Speaking in an interview on Friday ahead of today’s Prefontaine Classic Diamond League, Fraser-Pryce admonished that in such a competitive field there is certainly very little room for error and a bad day could mean the difference between first and third or missing out entirely:
“For me, I’m kind of glad that we have that competition because when you are in practice you have to always make sure that you are giving 100 percent at all times.
“You don’t have room for any errors or any time for slacking off because there are so many other ladies who are behind, who are coming.
“So, it definitely forces you to be on your A-game and I think that’s good for me as an athlete.”
Aside the Jamaican trio, the much anticipated blue-ribbon showdown will also see the return of Sha’Carri Richardson who missed the Tokyo Olympics after been tested positive for cannabis [THC] and Marie-Josee Ta-Lou who finished 4th in the women’s 100m final in Japan.
By James K. Attaglo Wilson