We can be stars too

October 07, 2019
Members of Jamaica’s female sprint relay team with their IAAF World Championships gold medals. From left: Natalliah Whyte, Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce, Jonielle Smith, and Shericka Jackson.
Members of Jamaica’s female sprint relay team with their IAAF World Championships gold medals. From left: Natalliah Whyte, Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce, Jonielle Smith, and Shericka Jackson.

DOHA, Qatar:

Jamaica's victory in the women's 4x100 metres may have done more than reclaim their world title as the two youngest members of the team are using it as a platform to launch their careers.

The team of Natalliah Whyte, veteran Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Jonielle Smith, and Shericka Jackson, sped to 41.44 seconds to claim gold on the penultimate day of these championships.

Whyte, and Smith, the two youngest members of the team and first-timers at World Championships, said the taste of victory on the global stage has made them hungrier for individual success.

" I was speechless at the end of the race because I was like we just won. I am just 22 years old and I have a couple more years in this and I think it is a great platform from which I can build," said Whyte, who ran monster lead-off legs in the semis and finals.

"The experience will help me to work a little harder and, hopefully, I can get an individual spot . I think this also showed me where I am, and I will apply myself in training in order to get to the top of the sport."

Smith, who also finished sixth in the 100m final, said the victory in the 4x100m shows her that she can do well against the best in the world.

"This proved to me that I can be great once I put my mind to it. The goal is to get healthy and I think 2020 will be a year to remember," Smith said.

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