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Mending bridges ... Fraser-Pryce, Francis working on relationship after 2016 split

Published:Thursday | February 2, 2017 | 2:00 AMRobert Bailey

Jamaica's star sprinter, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, says her relationship with her coach at the MVP Track Club Stephen Francis has improved, while noting continued issues with her injured toe.

The sprinter, who admitted to still feeling pain, says she is unsure whether or not she would undergo surgery this year.

News surfaced during last year's Olympic Games that Fraser-Pryce would leave MVP with Francis sharing that the sprinter had lost confidence in the programme.

That departure, however, collapsed leaving a potentially awkward situation after the sprinter had started her background training in St Elizabeth with Francis' protege, Reynaldo Walcott.

Fraser-Pryce shared that she and Francis have sorted out their differences and have been working to build a good relationship.




"What happened, happened, and this is just history right now, and we have moved past that. We are just focusing on building our relationship and moving forward both as coach and as athlete," Fraser-Pryce said.

The two-time Olympic gold medal winner took silver in the 100m at last year's Games despite a well-documented toe injury. She noted that the injury is still affecting her, but that she is unsure whether she would undergo surgery this year.

"The toe is what it is. I can't do anything about it right now because I spent the entire 2016 season doing the worst thing that I could ever possibly have done to it to make it even worse," said Fraser-Pryce. "It is still not healed because it has been causing me a lot of problems, but I am just being patient right now."

"[The] Majority of what I went through last year is because I wanted to go to the Olympics because the Olympics is every four years and I don't know if I am going to go in 2020," Fraser-Pryce stated.

Fraser-Pryce added that she has been in constant contact with her doctors overseas and they are looking at the best solution.

"I am still not a hundred per cent sure, but things are leaning in favour of me going beyond 2017. But it is still hard to decide what is the best treatment for the toe, so I am just working with the doctor right now.