No stopping ‘Pocket Rocket’
KINGSTON –– Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce says she is not thinking about retirement just yet as she sets her focus on Olympic gold next year and breaking the 10.70-second barrier in the 100m.
The reigning Olympic and World champion underlines that she is fully focused on repeating her Olympic success at next year’s Games in Rio de Janeiro, adding that she is also looking to continue making an impact through charity.
“I am focused on the process –– the journey,” said Fraser-Pryce, who turns 29 on December 27, while underlining that she is not thinking about anything beyond the Olympic Games at this point.
The three-time World 100m champion and two-time Olympic champion is already considered the best ever at her pet event.
She is tied with Americans Wyomia Tyus, who won the blue riband sprint in 1964 and 1968, and Gail Devers, in 1992 and 1996, as the only women to have won consecutive Olympic 100-metre titles.
If she wins in Rio, she will become the first to secure a three-peat at the Olympics and also the first to win three individual 100 metre titles after her wins in 2008 and 2012.
Should the Pocket Rocket accomplish this remarkable feat, Fraser-Pryce, who won two gold medals at the World Championships in August, indicated that it would not necessarily mean the time had come to put the cap on her remarkable career.
“I haven’t made any plans yet, but there are other steps that I want to take in my journey. There are other things I want to achieve. I mean, I am defending champion in London 2017, so I might just do 2017 as well,” she said.
“There are still so many more goals I want to accomplish. God willing. If I should get that gold medal, I would have become the first woman to have done so, and that would cement a lot of things for me, so I am looking forward to it because not a lot of persons get a chance to go to an Olympics, so I am grateful for that,” added Fraser-Pryce.
She is, however, hoping to improve her current personal best of 10.70 and join Florence Griffith-Joyner (10.49), Carmelita Jeter (10.64), and Marion Jones (10.65) as the only women in history to dip below 10.70 seconds in the 100m.
“It (the desire) is still there, but I was talking to my coach about it, and he says he would want me to subconsciously think about it and put pressure on myself because I have run 10.7 so many times, he believes it’s there, and I believe that timing is everything. I continue to put in the work and, God willing, it will happen,” said Fraser-Pryce.
Fraser-Pryce has 11 sub-10.80-second clockings in the 100 metres.