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'My comeback will be the greatest in history' – Fraser-Pryce

Published:Thursday | February 22, 2018 | 12:00 AM

After taking a year off due to pregnancy, sprinting superstar Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has vowed that her return to the track will be the greatest comeback in the sport. 

Fraser-Pryce, who gave birth to her son Zyon in August last year, is set to resume her career this season and the iconic Jamaican speedster is promising that the sequel, will be just as epic as the original. 

During her presentation as guest speaker at the annual Howard Aris Memorial Lecture, an annual feature ahead of the Gibson McCook Relays, Fraser-Pryce declared: "My comeback will be the greatest in the sport", while noting the questions on whether or not she will in fact be coming back into competitive track and field. 

Fraser-Pryce, 31, is one of the most celebrated athletes in international track and field having won two Olympic and three World Championships 100m titles, plus gold and silver in the 200m at the World Championships and Olympic Games respectively. 

She battled a serious toe injury in the build up to the Rio Olympic Games in 2016 to finish third in the 100m final in what she described then as one of her most meaningful performances. 

During her speech on Wednesday evening, Fraser-Pryce also addressed the importance of a good relationships between athletes and their coaches and paid homage to her coach at the MVP Track Club Stephen Francis, while touching on their well-documented difference after the 2016 Olympics, when she informed him that she was moving to another programme. 

"For any athlete to be successful in their sport they must have a good relationship with their coach and my success over the years has been a result of this as Stephen and I have had an excellent relationship over the years as he is not only a coach but also a mentor and a tutor", said Fraser-Pryce. " In any relationship you are going to have hiccups as there will always be bad and good times and we did have one last year but that has not changed what happened over the years as Stephen has been my coach since leaving high school and I have always trusted his judgment."

The Gibson McCook Relays will take place inside the National Stadium this Saturday. 

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