MOSCOW, Russia:Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce stands tall as the world's number-one female sprinter, but it could have been so different for the little gem, who just a few years ago was the subject of public doubt and ridicule. She remembers it well.
After finishing second in the 100m at the Olympic trials in 2008 and in front of fourth-place Veronica Campbell-Brown, it was then public opinion to replace the inexperienced and unknown Fraser-Pryce with Jamaica's sprinting darling Campbell-Brown as one of the three 100m competitors.
It is this doubt, along with another incident a year earlier at the IAAF World Championships in Osaka, that has fuelled a fervent determination, as she tells herself to never forget what she has had to overcome to make it to the top of female sprinting.
Since being allowed to compete in the individual 100m at the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008, against popular preference, Fraser-Pryce has gone on to win six individual medals for Jamaica, helping the country to another four medals at the Olympic and World Championships level in an unmatched spell of success.
This includes her shiny new sprint double from the ongoing IAAF World Championships in Athletics inside Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium, which makes her the first Jamaican to accomplish the feat.
Five years after she first stepped inside Beijing's Bird's Nest as a wide-eyed rookie, Fraser-Pryce, who, of course, has since won two Olympic gold medals, one silver along with three World Championships titles, is even more convinced that there is a greater lesson in her own development.
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"This goes back to 2008 when persons didn't know who I was, but lots of them wanted me out of that 100m and to actually place someone else there and the fact that this is where I am now after 2008 makes me wonder, what if persons don't get the chance they deserved?" Fraser-Pryce asked.
"Everybody needs a chance and for me, I definitely feel it's the hands of God at play in this victory and my career as well; and I am looking forward to inspiring many more Jamaican females. If you want something and you believe in yourself, then you can accomplish it," she added.
It has not always been an easy road for her, as a six-month ban for the presence of the banned substance Oxycodone, which despite not containing performance-enhancing or masking properties, is banned by doping authorities and a disappointing 2011 World Championships in 2011, where she failed to earn an individual medal, has certainly tested her resolve.
Still, it is that experience in 2008 that helps to keep her going.
Her coach Stephen Francis remembers seeing a renewed commitment from his young sprinter after the rejection.
"She uses several things to keep motivated and one of them is going to be how people treat her. People were saying a lot of stuff, from 2007 when she had a problem in Osaka and they didn't want her to run on the 4x100m, I told her not to worry because she will be in a position in the future where they will not be able to say that to her because she will be better than everyone else and I think that was one of the things that encouraged her to increase her workload and ethic the following season to propel her to the point where she is at now," Francis said.
Perhaps rejection really does push one beyond apparent possibility.