SHELLY-ANN Fraser-Pryce has signaled she could run the sprint double at next weekend’s Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) National Trials, after announcing at Friday’s Paris Diamond League press conference that she will run the 200m in Kingston.
Fraser-Pryce, who is the only Jamaican on the schedule today, will contest the 100m — her second of the year — as she prepares to defend her title at the World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Oregon, next month.
The Jamaican star, who ran a world-leading 10.67 seconds in the 100m in Nairobi, Kenya in May, said she is still undecided whether she will do the double.
“[It is] not a done deal yet that, ‘Yes, I will be doing the double.’ It does take a toll but it’s having that option. And when the time comes, if I am ready mentally and physically, then I will take that on as well in Eugene,” she said.
Today Fraser-Pryce will line up against a strong field that includes Marie-Josee Ta-Lou of the Ivory Coast, Michelle-Lee Ahye of Trinidad, Poland’s Ewa Swoboda and Great Britain’s Daryll Neita.
“I’m doing great, feeling good, looking forward for tomorrow. It’s my first time on the new blue track; I’m quite excited. I only knew the Stade de France. I need to make sure that everything I worked during practice is good,” Fraser Pryce said.
The Paris meet is the final one before she tries to defend her double at the national trials next weekend.
“Paris is a good step for me on the 100m, on my way to the World Championships. I think I will be able to run faster tomorrow, after my only 100m in Kenya. The weather will be hot and it fits me very well…I’m used to running in hot weather in Jamaica. I’m hungry for tomorrow, wanting to basically replicate what I’ve done before, technically speaking,’’ she explained.