A privilege to assist Elaine get her third gold — Fraser-Pryce

4x100m relay team easily qualify for final, Elaine Thompson rested

Friday, August 19, 2016

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Double Olympic 100m champion, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who won triple gold in the 100m, 200m and the 4x100m at the 2013 Moscow World Championships, is determined, along with other team members, to do everything in their powers to secure a third gold for Elaine Thompson. Thompson has already taken home the 100m and 200m crowns.

Fraser-Pryce gave her commitment after anchoring Jamaica’s 4x100m relay team to easily qualify for the final yesterday.

"Elaine deserves it. She works really hard and I am looking forward to seeing her come into the 4x100 team, and hopefully she can get that third gold medal. I always knew this was possible, so it’s a privilege to be able to assist in that manner.

"It’s always an honour to represent the country and to run with the ladies.

"I am just looking forward to the final now that we are in safely," Fraser-Pryce said.

With Thompson being rested following her golden exploits in the 100m and 200m, the quartet (in order) of Simone Facey, her cousin Sashalee Forbes, Veronica Campbell Brown and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce won conservatively in 41.79 seconds.

Great Britain’s team of Asha Philip, Desiree Henry, Dina Asher-Smith and Darryl Neita was second in 41.93 seconds. The Brits challenged Jamaica briefly before Fraser-Pryce gently stepped on the accelerator and moved away for a facile victory. Ukraine was third with 42.49 seconds.

Veronica Campbell Brown, who was on the third leg before sending Fraser-Pryce on her way with a slight lead, was very happy with the team’s performance.

"We came out here to just get to the final. We did that and we are just looking to that final run," said a confident Campbell-Brown.

Facey, who led off and passed to her cousin, said she is feeling good after the team secured their final berth.

"Right now I am really happy that we were able to go out there as a team and execute and get to the final.

"Can’t ask for anything else — we are through safely and that’s the important thing," added Facey.

Sashalee Forbes, who had the task of running against the 200m silver medallist Dafne Schippers on the backstretch, something which she did well, said she was under no pressure.

"No nerves at all, I was very comfortable.

"I know I just had to go out there and do what my coach asked of me and what Jamaica was expecting, so it was a great race," said Forbes, who is expected to be replaced by Thompson for the final.

Noticeably, too, was the absence of Christania Williams, who suffered from cramps in the final of the 100m. It is still uncetain at this time if Williams will run.

The final is set today at 8:15 pm (Jamaica time).


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