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Sprint icon Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce plans retirement after 2024 Olympics

Posted : 09 February 2024

Renowned sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, a three-time Olympic champion, has expressed her intention to retire after the 2024 Games, citing a deep sense of responsibility to her family.


Widely regarded as one of the greatest sprinters in history, the 37-year-old Jamaican athlete clinched the 100m gold in both 2008 and 2012, and more recently secured a Tokyo 2020 Olympic relay gold along with three of her 10 world titles.


Fraser-Pryce's remarkable comeback after giving birth to her son in 2017 underscores her resilience and dedication to the sport.


Speaking about her decision, Fraser-Pryce emphasized the importance of family and the sacrifices made by her husband. She highlighted their partnership and mutual support, acknowledging that her ability to excel in her athletic pursuits is owed to the sacrifices made by her loved ones.


Expressing her commitment to transitioning to a new phase in life after retirement, she stressed that the upcoming Olympics in Paris are an opportunity to conclude her illustrious career on her own terms and send a powerful message about the ability to decide when to stop.


With an impressive record of three Olympic golds, four silvers, and a bronze, Fraser-Pryce has become an inspiration in the world of athletics. Her determination is evident in winning the 100m world title at the age of 32 in Doha in 2019 and repeating the feat at 35 in Eugene in 2022. She stands as the oldest woman to achieve this milestone, showcasing that age is no barrier to success.


Fraser-Pryce's commitment extends beyond personal achievements, as she emphasizes the importance of thinking about the next generation and providing them with the opportunity to dream big, making a lasting impact on the sport.


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