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Fraser-Pryce eyes new PB

Published:Thursday | September 3, 2015 | 9:00 AMJoel Campbell
Jamaican sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce attends a press conference in Glattbrugg near Zurich, Switzerland, yesterday. Fraser-Pryce will compete in the Weltklasse IAAF Diamond League international athletics meeting today at the Letzigrund stadium in Zurich.

ZURICH:

SHELLY-ANN Fraser-Pryce is aiming to run faster than she ever has before in the 100m Diamond League race in Zurich today.

Fresh from winning the World Championships gold medal in Beijing, the Jamaican told The Gleaner that she is very focused on ending the season on a positive note.

"The championships have finished and it's a new race. Many of those competing might not have done what they wanted to in Beijing, and they are coming here to get things right.

"I am really looking forward to running a personal best, and hopefully, I can do it here."

She added: "I love coming here. The stadium is always filled with fans. It's one of the few places where the stadium is always sold out, and I know that the fans are looking forward to seeing lots of medallists from the World Championships, so I am looking forward to doing the best I can."

Keen on giving back

Prior to her race, the three-time World champion, along with other Beijing medallists, was flown by helicopter to a track and field clinic for kids, where the 28-year-old was able to share some of her tips for success.

A keen advocate of 'giving back', Fraser-Pryce said the experience was thoroughly enjoyable.

"I am part of UNICEF Jamaica, which is dealing with kids and empowering them, helping them to understand that they have rights, too, and are allowed to live, blossom, and to be creative beings. I like the platform that I get because they are young and impressionable and need people to guide them, and if I can help to do that, then it's a big part of why we are here," she stated.

"For me to come here and work with the kids at the clinic was really wonderful. They were so happy, and they just wanted to learn, and I like doing that. For me, they are pure and innocent in what they do. They show raw emotions, and I like that. You can't buy that. That's how they really are and I like that."