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Fraser-Pryce will definitely double at Jamaica National Championships, says her coach

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The battle for supremacy: Elaine Thompson-Herah vs Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce

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With eight Olympic gold medals between them, there’s little to separate Jamaica’s sprint legends Elaine Thompson-Herah and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce. Once again, the two line up against each other at the Jamaica National Championships (23-26 June), alongside Olympic 100m bronze medallist Shericka Jackson, as they fight for the title of world’s fastest woman.

As with so many historic sporting rivalries, many athletes can only reach their majestic best when pushed to their limits by someone equally as talented.

Such is the case with Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson-Herah and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, two supremely gifted sprinters who have risen to glory, pushed every step of the way by each other’s dogged refusal to give up a centimetre in the fight.

The 29-year-old Thompson-Herah is a five-time Olympic champion and the 100m and 200m title holder from both Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020.

At 35, Fraser-Pryce has three Olympic gold medals - eight medals in total - including the gold-standard 100m crown won at both Beijing 2008 and London 2012. She is also a nine-time world champion and the reigning world gold medallist at 100m.

Now as each inch closer to a 34-year-old world 100m record, looks at their rivalry ahead of the Jamaica National Championships (that couple as the Jamaican trials for the World Athletics Championships), which take place between 23 and 26 June.

Who holds the faster times?

The current 100m world record has stood since 1988,

Florence Griffith-Joyner, also known as Flo-Jo, became the only woman ever to break the 10.5-second barrier with a run of 10.49 at the U.S. Olympic trials for Seoul 1988.

Since then, many have deemed the mark impossible to beat - not least because of controversy regarding possible wind assistance at those trials.

Even Thompson-Herah admits that she used to think the time could not be bettered.

"A few years ago I was asked whether I could break that record and I said it was not possible,” she admitted in August 2021.

But over the last year, both Jamaican sprinters have edged closer to that legendary time, placing themselves second and third on the all-time 100m lists.

Thompson-Herah’s fastest 100m time, set at the post-Olympics Prefontaine Classic in Oregon on 21 August 2021, is a blistering 10.54 seconds, a mere 0.05 off of Flo-Jo’s best-ever mark.

Less than a week later, Fraser-Pryce set her own personal best of 10.60 at the Lausanne Diamond League, beating Thompson-Herah to the line with the third-fastest time in history.

This year, Thompson-Herah has changed her tune about whether she can beat the 100m world record, telling World Athletics in April: "I think, last year I ran everything relaxing, not thinking about world titles or world records. And if I can repeat that, not putting any pressure on myself, and repeat what I have done last year, doing even better, I think it’s reachable.”

In the 200m, Thompson-Herah is ahead of her rival both in terms of times and consistency. Once again, she sits second on the all-time list and once again behind Flo-Jo.

She holds three of the top 10 200m times in history, including a fastest of 21.53 set last year at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, while Fraser-Pryce’s best of 21.79 was also set last year at the Jamaican Olympic trials in June 2021.

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is definitely doing the 100m and 200m sprint double at the 2022 Jamaica National Championships, says her coach this week.

KINGSTON — Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has been entered and declared for both the 100m and 200m at the 2022 Jamaica National Championships which begins this week and her coach Reynaldo Walcott says she will definitely do the double.

The four-time world champion enters this weekend’s trials as the defending champion in both events, having clocked 10.71 secs for the 100m and her 200m personal best of 21.79 last season.

Fraser-Pryce, who is the reigning world 100m champion from Doha 2019, and doesn’t need to run the event at the national championships because of her wild card entry, is the world leader in the discipline this season, having posted back-to-back 10.67 seconds in her two appearances so far.

It was understood that the 35-year-old who owns a 100m PB of 10.60 seconds from last year, would have only contested the women’s 200m at the trials in keeping with her limited competition schedule this season.

However, the four-time world 100m champion has been entered in both sprints and Walcott confirmed that she will double up this weekend.

“She definitely will double this weekend,” Walcott said in The Jamaica Gleaner on Tuesday.

Heading into the Jamaica National Championships Fraser-Pryce sits atop of the world’s top list in the 100m with her pair of 10.67 seconds performances, while her season’s best over the 200m is 22.41 seconds, which she clocked when winning the Prefontaine Classic 2022 title in May.

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Among the other world-class sprinters lining up in the sprint double at the trials this week are the double-double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah, Olympic bronze medalist Shericka Jackson, Kevona Davis, Natalliah Whyte, and Briana Williams.

The Government of Jamaica, through the Ministry of Sports, has pledged $25 million to help with the staging of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) National Senior and Junior Championships which takes place from June 23 through to 26.

Speaking at the launch on Tuesday at the JAAA Board Room, Minister of Sports Olivia Grange noted that she would honor the financial request of the JAAA to host the four-day championships.

“I understand the JAAA is asking for $25 million and I will tell you that you have a friend here. So, we will be making a significant contribution to continue supporting the JAAA and their activities. You are asking for $25 million, consider it done. You can always depend on your minister. I put my money where my mouth is,” she said.

She added: “What an exciting year in athletics it has been so far. It has been exciting here at home and it has been exciting abroad.

“We have seen exciting things from the JAAA/SDF Jubilee Series, the Boys; and Girls’ Champs, the Carifta Games and even at the primary level with the Insports Primary Schools Championships.”

Meanwhile, an ecstatic Garth Gayle, president of the JAAA, told the gathering that the National Championships will be used to select teams for four major international championships over the next two months.

“This includes the World Championships to be held in Eugene, Oregon in the United States of America (from) July 15-24; the World Athletics Under-20 Championships in Cali, Colombia from August 1-6; the Commonwealth Games to be held in Birmingham, England from August 1-6, and crowning it off we come back into our region for the NACAC Senior Championships to be held in Freeport, The Bahamas from August 18-21.”

Gayle added that there will be a packed two months of activities.

“Medals, medals galore at the senior level, and at the junior level as well,” Gayle added.

The JAAA boss is of the view that Jamaica will prove competitive at the World Championships and was extremely pleased with the recent form of male athletes.

“We expect to continue our 16-year dominance of world sprinting, especially in the women’s 100m and 200m. We are very proud and pleased with this achievement. Our men are back and will be competitive at the highest level.

“We expect strong female and male contingents to all these events that I would have named. We are looking to have the Jamaica flag hoisted on many occasions. We are expecting great results within the throws and the jumps.”

Around 600 athletes will compete at the championships which will be highlighted by 60 events for seniors and juniors.

Nine finals will take centre stage on Thursday, with 20 down for decision of Friday, eight on Saturday and 23 on Sunday.


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