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No problems for Shelly

Published:Saturday | May 24, 2014 | 12:00 AM

NASSAU, The Bahamas:

Jamaican sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce says she is feeling fine going into today's IAAF World Relays here after fears around her fitness emerged when she was withdrawn from the Shanghai World Chal-lenge meet last weekend due to a recurring leg problem.

The 27-year-old also welcomed the championship and dismissed suggestions that she is without competition after a medal sweep over the past few months, winning three gold medals at the 2013 IAAF World Championships as well as gold in the 60m at the recent IAAF World Indoor Championships.

Fraser-Pryce, who skipped a press conference earlier in the day, was seen going through her training programme at the Thomas A. Robinson Stadium yesterday afternoon with the other members of Jamaica's team. The athlete is entered to compete in both the 4x100m and 4x200m, but it is still unclear if she will in fact line up in both events given the recent setback.

The sprinter said she was looking forward to the start of the championships and gave some insight into what keeps her motivated even after winning two Olympic and five World Championships gold medals.

"This event brings a huge amount of excitement to the fans, and I really like the idea," Fraser-Pryce said.

Lot of competition

But is it getting too easy for the pint-sized sprinter these days?

"I am definitely still getting a lot of competition. There are a lot of persons running very well out there, and there are those coming up and running well. As an athlete, you want to stay motivated and committed to the task. You don't want to get comfortable and complacent ... so for me it's good to have individuals who challenge you. I welcome all competition because it makes you better and tougher as an athlete," Fraser-Pryce said.