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Fraser-Pryce better this year - Francis

Published:Thursday | June 20, 2013 | 12:00 AM

OLYMPIC 100m champion, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, ended last year as the fastest woman over the 100m and with two shiny individual medals from the Olympic Games dangling around her neck.

However, as far as her coach Stephen Francis is concerned, the MVP Track Club star has already shown that she is in much better form this season and he is expecting big things from his top charge in 2013.

"I thought she was unbeatable last year. Last year every time she ran technically right, she won by at least .15 (of a second) or thereabouts. This year I don't know for sure, but I know that she is better this year than she was last year. But I can't say how fast everyone else is though," Francis told The Gleaner.

Fraser-Pryce seems to be in imperious form, winning all three of her 100m and both of her 200m starts on the circuit.

Her official season bests are 10.93 (100m) and 22.38 (200m), even though she did record a slightly illegal 10.71 at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, after being powered by a +2.2 wind factor.

Francis attributes Fraser-Pryce's continued improvements to her work ethic, upbringing, willingness and drive in the 200m.

"The first thing she does is she works extremely hard, she is always a person who believes that if she stops working she will lose everything that she has. She takes nothing for granted and I think it's part of her upbringing in the inner-city, where she always believes that tomorrow she will lose everything; so she works harder and harder. You have to monitor her and ensure that she doesn't overdo it," Francis said.

Practise her technique

"The 200m for her gives her the opportunity in her mind to establish and practise her technique and because of that, once she gets in front in the 100m, it's going to be difficult for anyone to pass her like they did in the past because she is now a lot more confident about executing her technique and running like she knows she can," he added.

Fraser-Pryce will be competing in the 200m at this week's Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association/Supreme Ventures Limited National Senior Cham-pionships at the National Stadium.

She is expected to challenge for both the 100m and the 200m at the World Championships this summer, but does not have to qualify for the 100m because she has an automatic entry by virtue of her winning the event in the IAAF Diamond League series last year.

- A.L.