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Fraser-Pryce: Testing season has been good for me

Published:Saturday | July 23, 2016 | 7:00 AMRodney Hinds
Fraser-Pryce celebrates winning the women's 100 metres final at the London Olympics in 2012.

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has admitted that winning her third Olympic 100 metres gold medal in Rio next month would be her finest achievement.

The sprint queen, who is also the reigning World 100m champion, has been plagued by injury this campaign but has said that she will call upon all her maturity and experience when she lines up at the Olympic Games in Brazil.

The Grace Foods ambassador, speaking at the company?s headquarters in Hertfordshire 48 hours before a Diamond League outing at the Anniversary Games at London's Olympic Stadium today, revealed that she has shed a tear or two as injuries have blighted her season.

However, she admitted that she was still hungry for success despite her plethora of medals.

 

Believes in consistency

 

She told the Voice of Sport: "Each year I leave a major championship, I still feel I haven't reached where I can go as an athlete.

"I believe in consistency in terms of my training. This year has been very hard in terms of the injuries, but it has provided an extra fire and motivation for me.

"I've not been in this place before in terms of being injured and chasing a championship, but I don't feel that I have anything to prove to anybody.

"You want to do well when you are healthy, but now that you are not, do you back off" Anything can happen, this is life."

Whatever the outcome in the sprint finals in Rio, the Jamaican has no plans to retire and has half an eye on the IAAF World Championships, which will be held in London, where she claimed her second Olympic gold four years ago.

But there is work to be done before that and the effervescent Fraser-Pryce admits that the prospect of a third Olympic title excites her.

"This would be, by far, my greatest championship if I land the gold. It would be the most rewarding for me in terms of being an athlete and individual because this year has taken a lot out of me.

"At the same time, I have gained a lot from the year, spiritually and finding out just who I am as a person.

"My family and I have gained a lot from the experience. My eyes have been opened to so many things because of the injury problems.

"If the injuries had not happened, I would not have known my true self. I got the opportunity to know my true strengths.

Fraser-Pryce will contest heat 1 of the 100m at the Anniversary Games today.

She will come up against compatriots Christania Williams and Simone Facey and Britons Louise Bloor and Desiree Henry.