Fraser-Pryce thinks twice on sprint double

Fri Aug 14, 2015 6:25am EDT
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By Kayon Raynor

KINGSTON (Reuters) - For someone with such single-minded focus on the track, Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has shown a distinct lack of decisiveness when it comes to deciding whether she will defend both of her world sprint titles this month.

Ahead of the Stockholm Diamond League in late July, she said running in the 200 meters as well as the 100 meters at the world championships was still "possible", before ruling it out in early August.

On Tuesday, however, she was listed in the Jamaican team for Beijing as running in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m -- the three events in which she won an unprecedented haul of gold medals at the 2013 world championships in Moscow.

All, though, was apparently not as it seemed.

"No, I'm not contesting the 200m, I've said that a long time," the 28-year-old told Reuters by text from her training camp in Italy on Wednesday.

Fraser-Pryce has only competed over the half-lap on one occasion this season, logging 22.37 seconds at the Jamaica Invitational on May 9 in Kingston.

In the 100 meters, though, she owns three of the five fastest times this year, including the quickest with the 10.74 she ran in Paris in early July.

Gold medals in the blue riband sprint at the Beijing and London Olympics have already established her beyond doubt as one of the greatest ever women sprinters but Fraser-Pryce still has goals.   Continued...

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica (L) competes to win the women's 100m race ahead of Tori Bowie of the U.S. at the IAAF Athletics Diamond League meeting at Stockholm Olympic Stadium on July 30, 2015. REUTERS/Marcus Ericsson/TT News Agency