Jamaican dash legend Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce to retire after Paris Olympics

One of many biggest feminine sprinters within the historical past of the game will probably be hanging up her spikes after the 2024 Paris Olympics. Two-time Olympic 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica has amassed accolades all through her famend profession. She has gained eight Olympic medals and 17 world championship medals all through her 19-year professional profession.

In an interview with Essence.com, Fraser-Pryce mentioned it was time for her to prioritize household in her determination to retire. “My son wants me. My husband and I’ve been collectively since earlier than I gained [gold] in 2008. He has sacrificed for me. We’re a partnership, a group. And it’s due to that help that I’m capable of do the issues that I’ve been doing for all these years.”

Shelly-Anne Fraser-Pryce
Shelly-Anne Fraser-Pryce within the girls’s 100m on the 2022 World Athletics Championships in Eugene. Photograph: Kevin Morris

Fraser-Pryce soared onto the scene on the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the place she was topped the quickest lady on the earth, successful the ladies’s 100m. 4 years later, she defended her Olympic 100m title in London and added a silver medal within the 200m. Fraser-Pryce was nicknamed the Pocket Rocket for her explosive begins and velocity, and her small stature. Her private better of 10.60 seconds makes her the third-fastest lady in historical past.

Fraser-Pryce’s profession medal haul


  • Three gold: 100m (2008, 2012), 4x100m relay (2020)
  • 4 silver: 100m (2020), 200m (2012), 4x100m relay (2012, 2016)
  • One bronze: 100m (2016)

World Championships

  • 10 gold: 100m (2009, 2013, 2015, 2019, 2022), 200m (2013), 4x100m relay (2009, 2013, 2015, 2019)
  • 5 silver: 200m (2022), 4x100m relay (2007, 2011, 2022, 2023)
  • One bronze: 100m (2023)

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In 2019, she grew to become the oldest lady to win the 100m world championship title in Doha. She prolonged that file by successful once more at 35 in Eugene in 2022–14 years after her first Olympic gold. 

Jamaica 4x100m relay team Eugene
Jamaica’s 4x100m relay group on the 2022 World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Ore. Photograph: Kevin Morris

Fraser-Pryce added that this 12 months’s Olympics in Paris is about exhibiting individuals that you just cease once you determine. “I need to end by myself phrases,” mentioned the 37-year-old sprinter.

Regardless of getting ready to depart the game within the rear-view mirror, Fraser-Pryce will nonetheless be one of many favourites to win a medal within the girls’s 100m in Paris. “There’s not a day I’m getting as much as go practise and I’m like, ‘I’m over this,’” she mentioned.

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