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Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce pulls out of New York Diamond League

Published:Monday | June 9, 2014 | 5:19 PM

Leighton Levy, Gleaner Writer

Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce, the 2013 Diamond League winner in both 100 and 200 metres, has withdrawn from the Adidas Grand Prix, the New York leg of the Diamond League circuit set for Saturday, June 14.

The 2013 World Championship triple gold medalist has been battling an injury in recent weeks that first saw her withdrawing from the Diamond League meeting in Shanghai before finishing eighth in the 200m in Eugene and seventh in the 100m in Rome.

New York will now be the second meet from which the champion sprinter has withdrawn.

"We’re sorry to report that Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce, working to regain fitness after a minor injury this season, has withdrawn from the meet. Shelly-Ann, best of luck for the rest of the season and we hope to see you next year," organisers said in a statement.

The 27-year-old multiple World and Olympic champion is believed to be suffering from shin splints, which has affected her ability to train effectively and to compete at her usual high standards.

The organisers are said to be actively seeking a replacement for the 'Pocket Rocket' who was down to compete in the 200 metres on Saturday.

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