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Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has been carrying an injury

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Fraser-Pryce was the female athlete of the year last year but has not been at her best so far this season (©GettyImages)
Fraser-Pryce was the female athlete of the year last year but has not been at her best so far this season (©GettyImages).

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has revealed she has been suffering with a persistent injury throughout the start of 2014.

The 27-year-old was named IAAF´s female athlete of the year last year after she won three gold medals at the World Championships in Moscow, but has struggled with injury so far this term, culminating in withdrawal from the Diamond League meet in Shanghai.

"I have been struggling with it from early in the season but I didn’t know it would get that bad," Fraser-Pryce told the press conference ahead of the third meet in Eugene, USA. "I am one of those athletes who is very hard on myself."

"My coach and I will have these arguments where I am in pain or something is wrong, and I won't tell him because I feel like I need to train. We have a blow-up of arguments and he says, 'Shelly, you need to tell me when these things are happening’."

Fraser-Pryce still won her one outing this year, triumphing in the 100m in the season opener in Doha, but the Jamaican admitted she was still suffering with a leg injury, although she wouldn't reveal the exact nature of the problem, adding only that she had had medical treatment.

As for the meet in Eugene, Fraser-Pryce has no idea how she will feel: "It's hard to judge how you are feeling physically," she said. "Overall I think I am feeling okay.

"I did some workouts yesterday and I am feeling okay. If it was 30 meters it would be fine, but at 200m tomorrow we'll definitely have to see how that goes."

Whatever happens in Eugene, Fraser-Pryce, and the rest of Jamaica, will hope she is fully fit for the Commonwealth Games which begin on July 23.


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