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Shelly to miss UTech Classic, Penn Relays

Published:Wednesday | April 9, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Olympic 100 metres champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has withdrawn from the UTech Classic set for Saturday at the National Stadium.

Fraser-Pryce was instructed to rest for two weeks by her medical team and will also miss the upcoming Penn Relays in Pennsylvania in the United States.

"Yes, the medical team has instructed her to take two weeks' rest. She will miss the UTech Classic and the Penn Relays. However, she will be back for the Jamaica International Invitational meet in May," Bruce James, president of MVP track and field club, told The Gleaner yesterday.

The 27-year-old Fraser-Pryce, 60-metre gold medallist at the recent IAAF World Indoor Championships, rose to prominence in the 2008 Olympic Games, when at 21 years old, she became the first Caribbean woman to win 100m gold at the Olympics. In 2012, she successfully defended her title, becoming the third woman to win two consecutive 100m events at the Olympic Games.

Fraser-Pryce won 100m gold at the 2009 IAAF World Championships, becoming the second female sprinter to hold both World and Olympic 100m titles simultaneously, after American Gail Devers.

In 2013, she also became the first female sprinter to win gold medals in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m in a single World Championships.

- M.S.