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The Queen is back!

Fraser-Pryce set for JN Racers Grand Prix

BY HOWARD WALKER
Senior staff reporter
walkerh@jamaicaobserver.com

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

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“The Queen is Back”, screams the big headline as the JN Racers Grand Prix organisers confirmed that two-time Olympic 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce will be competing on Saturday.

Fraser-Pryce, who won gold in the 100m at the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympic Games, will be running just her third race since giving birth last August.

The “Pocket Rocket”, as she is affectionately called, will line up against American 2017 World champion Tori Bowie, as well as Candice Hill, Jenna Prandini and Kelly-Ann Baptiste of Trinidad and Tobago.

Fellow Jamaicans Christania Williams, Gayon Evans and 16-year-old prodigy Briana Williams complete what will be a crack 100m line-up.

The 31-year-old Fraser-Pryce, who opened her season at the JAAA All Comers Meet on a winning note a few weeks ago with 11.53secs clocking, improved over the weekend at the Cayman Invitational with an 11.33secs for second. The race was won by Prandini in 11.16secs.

“We won't always win but as long as you line up to compete, don't stop trying. Even when they are younger than you are,” Fraser-Pryce tweeted.

The Jamaican Sprint Queen won at the inaugural JN Racers Grand Prix in 2016 in 11.09secs in a race in which American Carmelita Jeter finished sixth with 11.16. Baptiste and Gayon Evans were third and fourth, respectively.

Then last year, Baptiste won in 11.13secs ahead of Prandini in 11.16 with Jamaica's Natasha Morrison third with 11.26.

Fraser-Pryce at age 21 became the first woman in the Caribbean to win the Olympic 100m gold in 2008 and successfully defended her title in 2012 and became only the third woman in history to win two consecutive Olympic 100m titles. Persistent injuries hampered her at the 2016 Olympics where she finished third.

She won the 100m gold in the 2009 World Championships, becoming the second female sprinter to hold both World and Olympic 100m titles, simultaneously (after Gail Devers). After winning the 2015 World title in 100m, she is the only female to be crowned World champion over 100m three times (2009, 2013, 2015). She is also the only female athlete to reign as both World and Olympic champion on separate occasions, when she won the 2008 Olympic and 2009 World titles, and then the 2012 Olympic and 2013 World titles).

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

With a personal best of 10.70secs, Fraser-Pryce was the first woman to own IAAF world titles at 60m, 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay and is the only woman ever to hold them all simultaneously.

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