Jamaican sprinter, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has confirmed that she will not compete at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.
The two-time Olympic gold medallist and one of the most decorated athletes in history, winning ten gold [including one indoor title] and two silver confirmed the news after the women’s 100m final at the Tokyo Olympic Stadium on Saturday, July 31.
“The Paris Games are some way off, and I did say this would be my last Olympic appearance,” said Fraser-Pryce.
“As I said previously, I’m just happy to be competing at my fourth Games, doing it as a mum at 34 when people believe you’re at the end of your career. To do what I’m doing now is a gift from God.”
Fraser-Pryce’s aim of winning a second Olympic gold medal in the 100m event came crashing in the final [at the Tokyo Games] as Elaine Thompson-Herah posted 10.61 seconds to claim a second successive gold over the distance having won it at the 2016 Games in Rio.
But, the 34-year-old still ensured that she bows out with a silver medal at least finishing second in 10.74, ahead of Shericka Jackson who won the bronze with a personal best of 10.76 seconds.
According to the Mummy’s Rocket, even though Tokyo 2020 is going to be her final Olympic Games event, the 2022 World Athletics Championships will be her final moment:
“I haven’t had my best moment yet. I definitely believe something else is there.
“This is my final Olympics, but I’m looking forward to the World Championships next year and that will definitely be my final season.”
A dominant force in women’s sprinting, Fraser-Pryce who rose to prominence at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games has won more global 100m titles than any other female sprinter in history.
Well, according to Canadian singer – Céline Marie Claudette Dion, it’s hard to say goodbye, but Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce will definitely say goodbye with her head very high up having achieved so much on the tracks.
By James K. Attaglo Wilson