Three-time Olympic 100m medallist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce rates her just-concluded season a success and says it is a platform that will propel her into the coming season.
The seven-time world champion returned this past season from an almost two-year break during which she gave birth to her son Zyon in August 2017. She also used the opportunity to heal an injured toe that hampered her campaign to become the first woman to win three consecutive Olympic 100m titles.
During the season, Fraser-Pryce ran a season’s best 10.98s in London in July and was a member of Jamaica’s silver medal-winning 4x100m relay team at the NACAC Senior Championships in Toronto, Canada in August.
She said she achieved more than she expected during the season.
“I rated the season a success. There were some disappointments, for me personally, but at the end of the day I think it was a good comeback,” she told SportsMax.TV following the unveiling of a statue in her honour at the national stadium in Kingston on Sunday.
“I didn’t anticipate running any 10 seconds even though I wanted to. I was optimistic but I wasn’t sure and to be able actually come away with the second fastest Jamaican time. I am just honoured and it speaks to the commitment and dedication I have as an athlete. Now that I have my son, I am equally motivated and ambitious to do what it takes to be successful and I am just looking forward to greater things.
“It was a stepping stone of what’s to come.”
The three-time World 100m champion said her ambitions heading into a major championship year are always the same but she knows that winning another world title is not going to be easy.
“I work hard, I train hard and I just continue to trust that what’s in store for me is God’s will. I just continue to work hard and have confidence and put my best foot forward,” she said.
“It’s going to be a hard time because you have younger athletes and everybody is hungry and committed. For me, it is just a good thing to be among female athletes that are training hard and doing well. So you want to run against the best.”
Source: Leighton Levy