Shelly Ann Fraser Pryce Withdraws From 200m of World Athletics Championships

Shelly Ann Fraser Pryce Withdraws From 200m of World Athletics Championships

Martin Moses
updated at August 10, 2023 at 6:40 PM
  • Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce will not go for a sprint double at the World Athletics Championships
  • The Jamaican will now chase her sixth world title and be part of her country's 4x100m relay
  • The 100m specialist previously won gold in the 200m at the 2013 championships in Moscow

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce will reportedly not compete in the 200-metre race at the upcoming World Athletics Championships in Budapest.

Fraser-Pryce was recently named in Jamaica's team to Budapest, where she was set to compete for gold on three fronts. It has now emerged that she has opted out of the slightly longer version of the sprints.

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Marie-Josee Ta Lou, Elaine Thompson-Herah, Sha'Carri Richardson, Shericka Jackson, World Athletics Championships
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce celebrates after winning the Madrid Continental Tour on July 22. Photo by Alberto Gardin.
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The 36-year-old finished second in the 200m national trials a couple of weeks back to book her spot.

She qualified alongside the defending champion, Shericka Jackson, who had a wild card already. The two were supposed to be joined by Natalliah Whyte and Kevona Davis.

Jamaica's team to Budapest

As Jamaican sports outlet, Nationwide Sports, reports, Fraser-Pryce has reportedly informed her country's officials that she will not be going for the sprint double.

This leaves the reigning 100m champion to focus on winning a historic sixth world title. She headlines the team alongside world leader, Jackson, plus Shashalee Forbes and Natasha Morrison.

Surprisingly, multiple Olympic champion, Elaine Thompson-Herah, did not make either team but will partner Fraser-Pryce, Jackson, Forbes, Morrison, and Briana Williams in the 4x100m relay race.

The Jamaican team bagged silver in Oregon last year after a surprise rally from the United States.

In the 100m, apart from her formidable compatriot, Jackson, Fraser-Pryce will face competition from America's Sha'Carri Richardson, who has tilted heads this year, and Ivorian Marie Jose Ta Lou.

Inside new track and field rules

In less than two weeks, over 2,000 athletes from at least 190 countries will troop to Hungary's capital, Budapest, for the World Athletics Championships.

As Sports Brief reported, the nine-day event starts on August 19 and sees athletes compete in 49 events - 24 for each gender, plus the mixed relay event.

Ahead of the championships, World Athletics has approved new rules that will take effect this month, after consulting with elite athletes and coaches.

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