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Shelly Ann Fraser Pryce Confirms Retirement Plans After Paris 2024 Olympics
- Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has confirmed that she will retire after the Paris Olympics
- The mother of one had indicated it is now time to spend more time with her son
- Fraser-Pryce has won over 20 medals in the Olympics and World Championships
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has opened up on her plans post-retirement as she gets ready to begin her final-ever season.
The Jamaican sprinter queen had intimated last year that the Paris Olympics would be her last race after a glittering career that rose to prominence at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China.
She has now confirmed that she will indeed be quitting track after the Olympic games to focus more on her family, especially her son Zyon.
"My son needs me. My husband and I have been together since before I won in 2008. He has sacrificed for me. We’re a partnership, a team," she said in an interview with Essence.
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Fraser-Pryce's career in a nutshell
The 37-year-old has dedicated the better part of the last 15 years to her career and, to great effect, has become arguably the best female sprinter of all time. She has felt her family's support over the years, and now the time is nigh for her to repay the trust by doing something else.
"It’s because of that support that I can do the things that I have been doing for all these years. And I think I now owe it to them to do something else."
In the 15 years, Fraser-Pryce has won eight Olympic medals, including back-to-back gold medals in her favourite 100m in Beijing 2008 and London 2012. She is also a record five-time 100m World champion.
Last year, her season was bogged down by injuries, but she still managed to claim bronze at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest. She was also part of the Jamaican team that won silver in the 4 by 100m relay race, picking up another injury in the process.
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Fraser-Pryce hits the gym
Sports Brief has previously reported that she has ramped up her training in a bid to be in top shape ahead of the 2024 season.
The multiple Olympic medallist shared a video of her training in the gym with her son. Fraser-Pryce competed in less than five races in 2023.