Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce
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A hamstring injury has slowed world 100-metre champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce‘s world record chase. At the last minute, the Jamaican athlete pulled out of Friday’s (26 Aug) Lausanne Diamond League meeting.

“Been struggling with some discomfort in my hamstring a couple of days now, and unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to be getting any better,” Fraser-Pryce said in a written statement on social media.

Fraser-Pryce: “Listening to my body and adjusting to the circumstances.”

“As a precaution, my coach decided not to risk racing at this point. And I’ll have a few days to get some treatment before Brussels,” added the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympic 100-meter champion.

Fraser-Pryce’s personal best is 10.60 seconds, and the world record held by Florence Griffith Joyner (Flo-Jo) is 10.49. Fraser-Pryce is by far the most consistent sprinter this season, having run seven times below 10.7.

The five-time world champion continued by saying, “I’m extremely disappointed that I won’t be able to compete tonight, and I’m sure you all are as well. Thanks again for the support and encouragement.”

“No matter how hard we prepare,” she added, “sometimes things just don’t go as planned. The last thing I want to do is gain an injury/injure myself.

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Anthony Foster is a renowned Jamaican sports journalist, honored twice as the Jamaica sports journalist of the year (in 2004 and 2005). His journalistic achievements are globally recognized. Notably, he authored an award-winning article on Usain Bolt, the iconic 6-time Olympic champion, 11-time World champion, and record holder for the sprint double. This significant piece was published in the Jamaica Gleaner in 2004. Anthony's extensive coverage includes prestigious events such as the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, London 2012, and Rio 2016. He has also provided coverage for seven (7) World Athletics Championships held between 2007 and 2022, alongside various other international sporting events. Noteworthy mentions comprise his coverage of the 2007 World Cup of cricket and his cherished experience reporting on the 2004 clash between his favorite football team, Argentina, and the USA.


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