While Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce gets ready to finish off her remarkable career, another great sprinter, Usain Bolt, honored his esteemed colleague and encouraged the next generation of Jamaican athletes to do their best in their respective athletics career. 

One of Jamaica’s most cherished sports idols, Fraser-Pryce, announced that her final performance would be in the Olympic Games in Paris this summer. This will signal the end of a remarkable and long career that lasted for more than ten years.

Fraser-Pryce’s outstanding speed and unmatched grace on the track have earned her the title of one of the best sprinters of all time. Her accomplishments at major championships and her track record of success highly contributed to the rise of the golden age of Jamaican sprinting.

The 37 years old athlete has won more individual medals than any other female sprinter in history. She hopes to end her career on a high note in Paris, where she will make her fifth Olympic Games appearance.

Bolt: “The women overall have been doing extremely well” 

Bolt, the world’s fastest male athlete  in the 100 and 200 meters, and eight-time Olympic gold medallist, stated: “It’s just outstanding. I think she’s showing me up because that means I could still be running, but for me it’s just outstanding to see her at this level and still going further and dominating, being in the medals always, it’s just…there’s no words, because I know the work that it takes.” 

He also gave words of encouragement to Shericka Jackson and Elaine Thompson-Herah, who are also rising female athletes, following Fraser-Pryce. 

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“I want to tell her [Jackson] to just continue. I think a lot of times, we go in (a race) and think about breaking the record, that’s when it really puts a lot of pressure on us. I would tell her, just go in and run your best race. Do not think about the record. The moment you start thinking about records, that’s when you might tighten up at the end because you really want to get there, or you might make simple mistakes. So just go out there, think about executing and just run your hardest,” Bolt declared. 

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Source: SportsMax

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