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'Shelly' unsure out 2020 - Sprinter to consult doctors, surgery possible

Published:Monday | August 15, 2016 | 12:00 AMAndre Lowe


Jamaican sprinting star Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has not ruled out competing

at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, and confirmed that she is likely to undergo surgery on her injured toe after the ongoing Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Fraser-Pryce would be 33 at the next Olympic Games, which would make her the oldest ever women's 100m champion at the Games if she was to return to the top of the podium.

"Right now, I'm just trying to get through the night," Fraser-Pryce said after stepping off the track following her 10.88 seconds bronze medal run in the final at Rio's Olympic Stadium," she said.

"Twenty-twenty is such a long way off and I normally just try to think of the year after. I am the defending champion in London next year (at the World Championships), so I'm just looking forward to that, and, hopefully, I will be able to cross this obstacle."

The gold medal went to fellow Jamaican and training partner at the MVP Track Club Elaine Thompson, who powered to 10.71 seconds, with American Tori Bowie taking second place in 10.83.




Fraser-Pryce, who has been bothered by a toe injury all season, says she will end her season after the Olympics and seek advice on how to treat the problem but noted that surgery is a very likely outcome.

"It's Elaine's time and I'm really happy for her," said Fraser-Pryce.

"Most times I hate talking about my toe and pain because it's a part of athletics," she added. "It's a journey, and as an athlete, many times you will be 60 per cent and sometimes 100 per cent and tonight (Saturday night) I'm happy with everything and all the glory goes to God.

"After the championships, I'm finished (for the season)," admitted Fraser-Pryce.

"I have some consultations with some doctors and I'm just looking forward to the relays and, hopefully, I will be able to give my team two solid legs," said Fraser-Pryce, who added that surgery was very possible at this point.

She is a member of Jamaica's 4x100m relay team, which will be looking to go one step better than the silver medal they won at the London 2012 Games.

Jamaica won the women's 4x100m relay once, back in 2004 at the Athen Olympic Games.