Fraser-Pryce targets sub-10.7 this year


BY HOWARD WALKER Observer senior reporter

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

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BE afraid, be very afraid.

That's the warning to the women's sprinting world after double Olympic 100m champion, Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce declared that she wants to lower her personal best and national record of 10.70 seconds this year.

"Last year or the year before I didn't have a personal best, so I want to do that this year. My personal best is 10.70, so as you can imagine, I want to go faster than that," said Fraser-Pryce, shortly after winning the 60m in 7.11 seconds at the Queen's/Grace Jackson meet on January 31.

"This year I want to run well. I am training well and I want to be stronger this year. That's the emphasis Stephen (Francis, coach) and I have talked about... me getting stronger. So I am working towards it, especially in the gym and hopefully it will bear fruits," she added.

She continued: "As it relates to leading up to the World Championships, I am not sure if I will be doubling, but I am preparing, just in case, to do both events."

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

The 'Pocket Rocket', as Fraser-Pryce is called for her explosive starts, has dominated the 100m for the last six years, winning back-to-back Olympic 100m titles in 2008 and 2012.

"I have won back-to-back Olympic titles, but I have never won a back-to-back World Championships title," she noted.

The dynamic sprinter, who burst onto the international scene as a 21 year-old seven years ago, has since reaped 11 global medals, but she is still hungry for more success.

"So, of course, there is still something that I am hungry for and something I am looking forward to.

"I am looking forward to hopefully making the Olympic team in Rio. I am still young, I think, at 28, so I am just looking forward to the rest of the year."

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