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ATHLETICS: Fraser-Pryce drops 200m, may return to event in 2016

Published:Friday | July 3, 2015 | 7:19 AM
Behind the scenes : Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce at the Paris Diamond League.
Behind the scenes : Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce at the Paris Diamond League.
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PARIS, France:

Days after suggesting her coach Stephen Francis will make the call, Jamaican sprinting superstar Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce confirmed today that she will not be attempting to defend her 200m title at the World Championships and will instead focus on the 100m.

Fraser-Pryce, who left the 2013 World Championships with gold medals in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m, says even though the decision was initially taken last year, she wasn’t certain that Francis would not have a change of heart, noting that her focus is now to sharpen up in areas where she had been lagging in recent times.

“I won’t double in Beijing,” Fraser-Pryce said ahead of her 100m appearance at Saturday’s IAAF Diamond League meet in Paris. “I will only do the 100m [at the 2015 World Championships]. It was a decision that was taken by my coach last year that we will opt to do just the 100m this year in order to focus on getting back to where I was in 2008.”

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce won the 100m Olympic title in Beijing in 2008 in 10.78.

“He [Francis] believed that I strayed a little bit from the 100m in terms of my explosive start and stuff like that so we are now going back to the 100m and bearing in mind that next year is the Olympic Games,” added Fraser-Pryce.

“The 200m was good, it definitely helped me to run the 100m a little bit better, a little bit stronger but I don’t think my coach has guided me wrong so far, so going back to the 100m for this year, I am looking forward to it even if I think I will be doubling next year,” said Fraser-Pryce.