Fraser-Pryce uncertain about 200m at Olympics
Andre Lowe, Special Projects Editor (Sports)
Jamaican sprinting star Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce says she will be using tomorrow’s 100m run at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon to help evaluate her readiness for the 200m at the Olympics, following an extended injury layoff.
Fraser-Pryce has been bothered by a troublesome toe injury for over a year, but her condition has worsened over the last few weeks causing the athlete to miss considerable time in training.
She will be running the 100m alongside old foe Carmelita Jeter, Murielle Ahoure, English Gardner and Blessing Okagbare.
While Fraser-Pryce still hopes to be ready and available for the 200m at the Rio Olympics, Fraser-Pryce, she knows very well it will be an uphill task at this point.
"My expectations are based on the right now; tomorrow will basically be my first time competing and I am just looking forward to going out there and seeing what tomorrow brings - where I am in the season and what I need to work on going forward," Fraser-Pryce told The Gleaner from a pre-meet press conference at the Village River Inn.
"I’m not sure where I am to be honest, tomorrow will be a good measuring stick on where I am," she added.
Fraser-Pryce recently withdrew from the Shanghai Diamond League meet because of the injury and has only featured in the 200m at a local meet in early April, when she ran 23.24 (-2.8).
The reigning triple world champion and 100m Olympic champion admitted that she is not entirely sure she will be ready for the 200m at this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, even if she competes in the event at the National Senior Championships – Jamaica’s Olympic trials, in order to qualify for the event.
"As far as the 200m is concerned this year, I am not very sure. My aim is to run the 200m at the National Championships to make the team for the 100m and 200m but me getting a 200m race before trials is a no–no because of my toe, so I am trying to limit the amount of races I do and ensure I am fit when I need to be, at our Olympic trials," said Fraser-Pryce.