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Fraser-Pryce pulled by coach for 4X100m final, sore hamstring grounds Bolt at World Relays

Published:Sunday | May 3, 2015 | 12:00 AMAndre Lowe, Special Projects Editor - Sports
Fraser-Pryce ... was fit and ready to run, but that she was withdrawn after she was not selected to run in the heats earlier.
Usain Bolt (right) chasing America's Ryan Bailey in the men's 4X100m final on Saturday.

NASSAU, Bahamas:
There’s trouble brewing, as information surfacing from sources within Jamaica’s team at the just concluded IAAF World Relays in The Bahamas is that Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce was actually pulled from the women’s 4x100m relay final by her coach, Stephen Francis.

Usain Bolt, who was left off the team sheet for the men’s 4x200m final, was however, held back as a precaution after complaining of a sore hamstring.

As it relates to Fraser-Pryce, the source, who requested anonymity, said that the triple world champion was fit and ready to run, but that she was withdrawn after she was not selected to run in the heats earlier.

Fraser-Pryce was expected to feature in the final of the event, which was won by the team of Simone Facey, Kerron Stewart, Schillonie Calvert and Veronica Campbell-Brown, who stopped the clock in a world leading 42.14.

The United States, 42.32, was second with Great Britain third in 42.84.

Asked about Fraser-Pryce’s absence in the 4X100m final, technical leader of Jamaica’s team Maurice Wilson, would only say: "That particular situation is something that is left to be resolved and I am happy that we were able to have a team to represent the country. Whatever the situation is, we will fix it for the future."

"I personally think there was some miscommunication and that is something that will have to be resolved," Wilson added.

Our source, however, was more direct.

"Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce wanted to run. She was basically pulled by her coach because she wasn’t picked to run in the heat and he wanted her to," the source said.

Bolt on Saturday told journalists that he was looking forward to running the 4x200m and was even seen warming up while the heat was being contested on track.

However, the six-time Olympic gold medallist and triple world record holder was not risked after suffering a sore hamstring.

Warren Weir took up anchoring duties, leading the Jamaicans to their second straight win in the 4x200m with a time of 1:20.97 with France taking second in 1:21.49 and Germany, 1:22.65 in third place.