Fraser-Pryce confident about hamstring injury

September 02, 2022
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce

Five-time World 100 metres champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is optimistic about her recovery from hamstring discomfort to continue her strong season at the Diamond League meet in Brussels this afternoon.

Fraser-Pryce, who elected not to call time on her 2022 season, will face World 200 metres champion Shericka Jackson as well as United States of America's Sha'Carri Richardson at 1:45 p.m. Jamaica time, in the penultimate Diamond League meet of the season.

Fraser-Pryce withdrew from the Diamond League Lausanne meet last Friday when she was scheduled to face Jackson and double sprint Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah. Fraser-Pryce experienced problems with her hamstring that did not improve in time for the race.

Fraser-Pryce said that while she considered ending the season, she said that she is pleased with the treatment received since, which was a factor in her decision to continue for at least another race.

"At one point, I definitely thought about calling it a season after Lausanne because I didn't want to take any risk and then I said let me take a couple of days and get some training. I got a scan and it was just the contraction of the muscle.

"I got a second scan that said it was good. So for me, that is something that has definitely kept me here and made me be here. I know that it is not 100 per cent but I am still very optimistic about what I can do and I am looking forward to that," Fraser-Pryce said in a pre-race press conference yesterday.

Fraser-Pryce has run six 10.6-second times this season including her last race in Monaco on August 8, where she clocked 10.62. Citing her consistency, Fraser-Pryce says that the world record is not beyond her reach, with today's race an indicator of whether she decides to compete again this season.

"I have consistently run 10.6 so far and I think for me being able to do that and at different points in the season, you kind of know that 10.5 is definitely possible to do and so once I am able to get to that mark then anything is possible I believe," Fraser-Pryce said.

The other Jamaicans in the meet include World Championships' silver medallist Britany Anderson and Tokyo Olympic bronze medallist Megan Tapper, who will line up in the women's 100 metres hurdles, facing Tokyo Olympic Games champion Jasmine Camacho Quinn at 2:07 p.m. Anderson finished fifth in the meet in Lausanne while Tapper's last race was at the NACAC Championships in The Bahamas.

World Championships bronze medallist Stephanie-Ann McPherson and World Championships 4x400 metres relay silver medallist Candice McLeod will compete in the women's 400 metres at 1:54 p.m.

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