Jamaica’s ‘Pocket Rocket’, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, has announced she will be making her last appearance at an Olympics when she heads to Tokyo next year.
It will bring to an end one of the most successful Olympic careers in athletics. Fraser-Pryce has won six Olympic medals across her careers with two gold, three silver and one bronze.
She told The Telegraph that it is the bronze medal she won at the Rio Olympics in 2016 that means the most.
“I had a toe injury. I had not been training properly for months. I did not even think I would get to the final, but that mental toughness and sacrifice and commitment was so vital. Feeling great and winning gold is great. But fighting hard like that meant a lot.”
Fraser-Pryce came back from giving birth to her son, Zyon, in 2017 by winning the 100m world title in Doha at this year’s World Championships.
The 32-year-old has announced, however, that her fourth Olympics in Tokyo will be her final shot.
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Speaking to The Telegraph she said: “I am always grateful for the opportunity to represent my country, my family, myself. But Tokyo is my last Olympics. I definitely know that.
“I will miss the sport, but I will be OK. I don’t think it will be hard to retire. Athletics is just one thing I do.”
Fraser-Pryce will definitely not lack things to do having set up the Pocket Rocket Foundation, that she says is her way of helping young athletes financially. Her aim for the foundation is to create a lasting legacy for young athletes in her native Jamaica.
“We don’t just hand out cheques, [we are] there emotionally as well. The Foundation has given me a platform to effect change for young Jamaicans. I just hope to get more sponsors on board so that we can provide more scholarships. These young kids are talented and bright….they are just unable to pay their way through school,”
Fraser-Pryce has a plan for her post-retirement life: “I know I can do things. I will do more after I retire. You do not have to be in politics to get things done. I can get things done by being who I am, and I do.”