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Stories of SAFP’s demise have been exaggerated!


That is the ultimate piece that Stuart Weir did earlier than his well-deserved trip. His interview with Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce helps put the 2022 season and her profession into perspective. 

Stories of SAFP’s demise have been exaggerated!

Wasn’t it Mark Twain who stated that reviews of his dying had been considerably exaggerated? When Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce pulled out of Lausanne with an damage scare, individuals jumped to conclusions. Both she had suffered a career-threatening damage attributable to outdated age or she had faked the damage to keep away from operating in opposition to Elaine Thompson-Herah. It’s laborious to know which is the larger nonsense!

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and the media, Might 2022, photograph by KIP KEINO CLASSIC

She felt a good muscle and determined that it will be foolish to danger an damage proper on the finish of the season.  She withdrew.  A scan revealed nothing severe.  She ran in Brussels and misplaced – additional proof of a terminal decline for the nay-sayers. The truth was that she ran a ten.74, quicker than most girls sprinters ever obtain of their careers.  Shelly instructed me that night that she had not executed the race to her satisfaction.  To paraphrase her: I didn’t run nicely so it was solely a ten.7.  She misplaced to Shericka Jackson by 1/100th of a second! Not fairly a complete disaster.

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, photograph by Weltklasse Zurich

The Zurich Diamond League Last began dramatically with a DQ for the third Jamaican within the race, Natasha Morrison.  When the race restarted Shelly was out like a rocket – not fairly positive if it was a Momma-rocket or a pocket rocket.  By midway, it regarded like her solely opponent was the clock.

The rostrum locations went to:

1 Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce 10.65

2 Shericka Jackson 10.81

3 Marie-Josée Ta Lou 10.91

Then Darryl Neita (GB) 11.02, adopted by three People, Aleia Hobbs, Twanisha Terry, and Sha’Carri Richardson

She additionally ran “badly” in Zurich.  Her time was 10.65 when she wished a ten.5!  It was, by the way in which, right into a destructive 0.8 wind

Her feedback – as all the time – had been attention-grabbing: “To have the ability to finish the season with a ten.6 is de facto particular.  OK, I didn’t get the ten.5 however subsequent yr is one other yr.  In Lausanne, I had an damage scare and it was kinda laborious to get again into the groove. So I used to be glad I used to be in a position to come again and end sturdy.  It’s simple to run away – to fold your tail and run away when issues will not be working”.

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, photograph by Diamond League AG

I attempted to press her why she was operating so quick at this stage in her profession: “I believe self-belief is vital as a result of I’ve all the time believed I might run 10.6 and that I might run 10.5.  With that self-belief so long as I proceed to work, it was all there.  And I’m going to proceed to work in the direction of a ten.5 till the wheels fall off!”

I’ve been watching SAFP since 2008.  I’ve seen her in 4 Olympics and in 5 World Championships.  I noticed her at 10.60. This season I’ve spoken to her in Oregon, Birmingham, Brussels, and Zurich.  What struck me is 2, arguably contradictory, traits. She is extremely motivated but appears to be operating with freedom, freedom maybe based mostly on understanding that she has already gained all the pieces it’s doable to win. I bear in mind a yr or two again saying to her that she wanted to equal Veronica Campbell-Brown’s 5 Olympics, she dismissed the thought saying that she would most likely end at Oregon. Now she is speaking about Paris 2024. I believe she realizes that she is within the type of her life and that her God-given expertise is to be loved, not deserted.

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, photograph by Weltklasse Zurich

Having run 9 occasions within the 10.6es together with that 10.60 in Lausanne final yr, she now believes {that a} 10.5 is inside attain.  I believe she believes that had she had Lausanne, Brussels, and Zurich with no damage points, the file time might have come. Even in Zurich, in the event you run 10.65 right into a 0.8 wind, what would have been the time adjustment for a positive wind?

She loves being a Mother. She is captivated with utilizing her platform and her Basis to do good in Jamaica and past. She has enterprise pursuits.  However for the second, persevering with to run quick is a precedence.

 

  • Since 2015, Stuart Weir has written for RunBlogRun. He attends about 20 occasions a yr together with all most international championships and Diamond Leagues. He enjoys discovering the quirky and obscure story.

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