Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is the best female sprinter of all time
EUGENE, OREGON - JULY 16: Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Team Jamaica reacts after competing in the Women’s 100 Meter heats on day two of the World Athletics Championships Oregon22 at Hayward Field on July 16, 2022 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images for World Athletics)

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce had no intention of competing in the women’s 200m event at the Budapest 23 World Athletics Championships scheduled for later this month – August 19-27.

Although she participated in the 200m during her initial appearance in the 2023 track and field season at the Jamaica Trials, Fraser-Pryce explicitly conveyed at that time that she would not be entering the starting blocks for the pursuit of glory at Budapest 23. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce Sets New Record at Spitzen Leichtathletik Luzern Meeting

Why Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce not running the 200m in Budapest 23?

In the aftermath of securing second place in the 200m at the Jamaica Trials, Fraser-Pryce candidly stated, “The Lord would have to come and touch me and say, ‘Wake up, we have the 200m to run.”

In accordance with information from the JAAA, Fraser-Pryce communicated her disinterest in participating in the half-lap event at the World Athletics Championships well before the final entry deadline. Despite this, the JAAA designated her as one of the four sprinters for the 200m, even though her intentions were apparent.

During the Eugene 22 World Athletics Championships, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce secured a silver medal in the women’s 200m, trailing behind her teammate Shericka Jackson. Then, Fraser-Pryce won the women’s 100m ahead of Jackson and Elaine Thompson-Herah.

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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.