LONDON, England — Coach Stephen Francis has declared that repeat Olympic Games women's 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has nothing to lose in the 200m set to start on Tuesday at Olympic Stadium in Stratford, London.
Fraser-Pryce ran 10.75 seconds last night to beat American Carmelita Jeter, who ran a season best 10.78 seconds, and Veronica Campbell Brown, who took bronze, also in a season best 10.81 seconds, to be the third woman in Olympic history to repeat.
Francis told the Jamaica Observer last night that now that she has got the 100m out of the way, "she is going to get it technically better for the 200m, as she is going to need it".
The MVP coach said Fraser-Pryce "has nothing to lose in the 200m, so I think she understands that she would have to perform better from a technique point of view in the 200m if she is going to win".
He said he does not have too much to worry about because the pressure has been released from the sprinter. "As far as the 200m was concerned, the 100m was where the pressure was and she came through even though she made the race a lot closer than it was supposed to have been."
Given how she ran the 100m last night, Francis said she would use the lessons from that race to plan for the 200m. "You saw how the 100m unfolded, that she was leading for the vast majority of the race until she started to strain for the tape," he said, pointing out that the field "couldn't gain on her much and it's going to be better in the 200m as technically she is going to be a lot better as she is going to be aware of what she should do".
In the 100m, he said: "She knew I was expecting her to do a technically perfect race and that in itself is a little disappointing, but I can see with that because she achieved what she wanted and that's good."