by Robert Bailey (Jamaica Gleaner) Four-time World 100 metres champion, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, says she will be taking a much smarter approach to her season this year as she looks to defend her 100m title at the World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Oregon, in July.
Fraser-Pryce said she is very focused on winning her fifth 100m world title and therefore she plans to limit the number of races that she will compete in this year.
“As you know, I am looking forward to going to Paris (2024 Olympics) and so I want to make sure that I am very cautious in the amount of races that I run and, of course, the aim is to defend the title in Oregon,” she said.
Fraser-Pryce opened her season at the Velocity Fest on Saturday with a time of 22.79 seconds for second place. In fact, Fraser-Pryce got off to a fast start and led the race up to about 180 metres before slowing down and this allowed Anthonique Strachan from The Bahamas to take top spot in a season’s best 22.55 seconds.
The 35-year-old Fraser-Pryce, who has personal best times of 10.60 in the 100m and 21.79 in the 200m, stated that she plans to lower both times this season. Both of Fraser-Pryce’s personal best times were set last year. The 200m on June 27 at the National Stadium and the 100m in Lausanne, Switzerland, on August 26.