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Bolt, Fraser-Pryce discuss their IAAF Award chances

Published:Saturday | November 16, 2013 | 2:54 AM

Andre Lowe, Senior Staff Reporter


Usain Bolt likes his chances of claiming an unprecedented fifth IAAF World Male Athlete of the Year Award. For his compatriot Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, just being considered among the top three female athletes for the year is already a big accomplishment.

Still, what both Jamaicans have achieved this season is nothing short of impressive and as the pair sit on the edge of history, a few hours from this evening’s glitzy IAAF Gala and Awards Ceremony here, where they can become only the third duo from the same country to win track and field’s top prize in the same year.

Only Americans Carl Lewis and Florence Griffith-Joyner in 1988 and Great Britain’s Colin Jackson and Sally Gunnell in 1993 have managed the feat to date.

“It was a rough year but hard work pays off and for me, its always a pleasure to be nominated for Male Athlete of the Year and hopefully I can win it,” Bolt told The Gleaner shortly after his arrival at Monte Carlo’s Fairmont Hotel.

“It would be a great feat added to my accolades, another great thing to tell my grandkids about,” laughed Bolt, who won three World Championships gold medals in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relays in Moscow in August.

“I know Mo (Farah) did well this year, (Bohdan) Bondarenko stepped it up this season, but as I said, I put a lot of work in but its good competition and I’m happy its against these guys, because they have really done well for the sport and may the best man win,” he added, sparing a thought for the competition.

Fraser-Pryce was just as dominant this season; also helping herself to World Championships titles in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relays before taking both sprints in the Diamond race and ending the season as the fastest female in both events for good measure.

Yet, the first time World Female Athlete of the Year finalist is not getting too carried away, enjoying the moment as it is, delighted in the recognition that a spot among the finalists represents.

“I don’t know to be honest,” said Fraser-Pryce about her chances of walking away with the top prize ahead of the unbeaten Valerie Adams and Zuzana Hejnova. “I am up against very good girls who have done very well in their events and for me being nominated and being shortlisted in the top three is just an achievement in itself for me.”

“Its my first time and I am excited to be here. If I don’t win I am still happy with the things that I did this year and to be able to make top three as I said is also humbling for me as well,” added Fraser-Pryce.

The awards ceremony will take place at the Salle des Etoiles at 8:00pm Jamaica time.


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