KINGSTON, Jamaica – Jamaican sprinting legend, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce says that next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo will be her last.
In a recent interview with British newspaper, The Telegraph, the 32-year-old said that she is at peace with her decision to compete in her final Olympics in 2020. “I am always grateful for the opportunity to represent my country, my family, myself, but Tokyo is my last Olympics. I definitely know that,” she said.
The sprinter did not confirm whether she would completely retire from athletics, but hinted at the idea. “It doesn’t make me feel anything. I will miss the sport, but I will be OK. I don’t think it will be hard to retire. Athletics is just one thing I do.”
Fraser-Pryce currently has multiple businesses operating in Jamaica, including Shelly’s Cafe, Lady Shelly Beauty and the Pocket Rocket Foundation.
Earlier this year, she made her return to athletics after giving birth to her son Zyon two years ago. The multiple world and Olympic champion said that knew that she had the fortitude and the ability to return to competition despite the long layoff.
“I was nervous, taking all that time off, but I had the willpower, the fearlessness, because I knew from experience it was possible to come back,” she said.
She capped off her comeback by becoming a four-time 100m world champion at the World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar, in September.
The multiple world and Olympic champion demolished the field in a world-leading 10.71 seconds becoming the only woman in history to have four world championship titles, and further cementing her status as the greatest female sprinter in the world.