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Thirty-six-year-old Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce from Jamaica will retire in 2024 likely after the Paris Olympic Games.
The sprinter known as the Pocket Rocket wrote on Facebook a message suggesting Paris would be her swan song.
Shelly-Ann is my name, running is my fame! I got Paris on my mind…..My 5th and final one for all time
Have you started your 2024 plans??? Stop waiting for a New Year!”
Fraser-Pryce has battled injury as of late and although continues to be one of the fastest 100-metre runners in the world, she was bettered during the 2023 Budapest World Athletics Championships.
The eight-time Olympic medallist has won three gold, five silver and one bronze over the Beijing, Rio, London and Tokyo Olympic Games in the 100, 200m and 4 x 100m relay. Fraser-Pryce was part of the relay squad that set the national record in the 4 x 100m at 41.02 in Tokyo in 2021 which earned the Jamaicans the gold.
Her national, then international career began while she was still in her teens back in 2002, where she burst onto the scene with 12.38 at age 15. She dropped nearly a full second off her best the following year. At age 19 and 20, Fraser Pryce was clocking in the low 11-second range and ready for global competition. She hasn’t looked back since. Her 10.60 personal best was set just two years ago at age 34 in Switzerland, as was her 200m best of 21.79 set in Jamaica in 2021.
Ten of her 16 world championship medals glitter with gold. Five shine in silver and she earned a bronze in Budapest, not bad after her injury-plagued season.