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‘Thinking of being the greatest mother!’

Shelly embraces the majesty of motherhood, hopes to return to competition in 2018

BY HOWARD WALKER Senior staff reporter walkerh@jamaicaobserver.com

Tuesday, March 21, 2017    

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There will be a new women IAAF World 100m champion in London as Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who won in Moscow in 2013 and Beijing in 2015, will miss the 2017 edition because she is expecting her first child.

Fraser-Pryce, who struggled with a toe injury last year and just failed to win her third consecutive 100m Olympic title in Rio, told the

Jamaica Observer that she is actually okay with missing this year’s World Championships.

“I announced that I am pregnant, as a result I will miss the World Championship. But I have been to many World Championships,” said Fraser-Pryce, in her usual vivacious style.


Fraser-Pryce, who turned 30 years old last December, is the only female to be crowned World champion over 100m three times (2009, 2013, 2015). In Berlin, she clocked 10.73 to win in 2009, the year after surprising the world with Olympic Gold in 2008. Then in 2013 the “Pocket Rocket” went even faster, capturing gold in 10.71 in Moscow and 10.76 in Beijing.

In 2013, she became the first female sprinter to win gold medals in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay in a single World Championships.

Fraser-Pryce, who was the first woman to own IAAF world titles at 60m, 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay and to hold them all simultaneously, said she is looking forward to motherhood.

“It’s a new experience for me right now and I am embracing that new experience. The World Championships yes, you would want to be there, but other things are in the process, so you just work with it until the time comes when you focus on something else,” she told the Observer.

Two weeks ago, the diminutive Fraser-Pryce made the bombshell announcement on Facebook about her pregnancy.

“But life is filled with many blessings with God. So here I am thinking about being the greatest mother I can be with my biggest blessing and the promise God made me,” she said on her official Facebook fan page.

“I look forward to seeing you all in 2018 when I return to competition on the tracks and around the world,” she added.

Only last year, Fraser-Pryce’s former MVP club mate, Sherone Simpson, who was second behind her in the 100m at the 2008 Olympic Games, had to halt her preparations toward the Rio Olympic Games because she too was expecting. She gave birth to a daughter last October.

A new 100m champion will be crowned at the 2017 World Championships, but Jamaica can feel happy that one of the leading contenders for Fraser-Pryce’s crown will be none other than her prodigy, Elaine Thompson.

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