Jamaica sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has targeted adding another feat to an already impressive resume and that is becoming a member of the sub-22 seconds club.

Despite being better known over her exploits over the half the distance, where she has claimed numerous world and Olympic titles, Fraser-Pryce has also proven to be more than competitive over the distance. 

An impressive performance over the half-lap event was part of a memorable triple gold medal haul at the Moscow World Championships.  With a personal best of 22.09 set in London, in 2012, Fraser-Pryce is yet to crack the 22-second mark.  The feat has been achieved by five Jamaican women to date Merlene Ottey, Elaine Thompson, Grace Jackson, Veronica Campbell-Brown and Juliet Cuthbert.

Fraser-Pryce recently completed in the event at Birmingham Diamond League where she finished in third spot behind Shaunae Miller-Uibo and Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith.

“One of my dreams, one of my goals is to get below 22 seconds.  It would be an honour to get below 22 seconds,” Fraser-Pryce told Nuffin Long Athletics.

“I’m not the best 200m runner but I love the opportunities I get to run the 200m.  I’m one of those persons that doesn’t back from anything unless you give me a 400m then don’t want to run it.”

Many-time Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce achieved yet another milestone, after passing compatriot Veronica Campbell-Brown for the most sub-11 clockings recorded by a Jamaican female sprinter.

The 32-year-old track star recently pulled level with the legendary Campbell-Brown at 49 apiece when she clocked 10.95 seconds in the heats at the London Diamond League.  The duo, however, did not stay tied long as Fraser-Pryce then went on to move second all-time when she clocked a breezy 10.78 to blow her opponents away in the final.

The result moved Fraser-Pryce to second all-time list behind the ageless sprint wonder Merlene Ottey.  Ottey achieved the feat some 67 times.  Double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson, currently the sprinter’s teammate and biggest rival in the event has achieved the mark 28 times.

The two are scheduled to face off at the Doha World Championship, in which both women seemed certain to add to their tally of sub-11 times.

 

The Government of Jamaica is to salute outstanding Jamaican and world athlete, Veronica Campbell-Brown, during Heritage Week in October, by unveiling a statue in her honour.

This was disclosed by Sport Minister Olivia Grange, during her contribution to the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday.

Grange informed that last year during Heritage Week, the statue of Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce was installed at Independence Park.

“She has been an amazing ambassador for our country. She is humble, confident and respectful at all times. We salute you Shelly-Ann,” she said.

The Minister added that the Government is also finalising arrangements for the installation of the statue of noted sprinter, Asafa Powell, later this year.

Renowned sculptor Basil Watson has been engaged by the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport to design statues of four of Jamaica’s outstanding sports stars under the Jamaica 55 Legacy Programme.

The statue in honour of Campbell-Brown will be the third to be completed under the Programme. The first statue of Usain Bolt was completed and installed last December. The other statue of  Asafa Powell is expected to be unveiled before the end of the year.

Maquettes of statues for former 100m world-record-holder Asafa Powell and two-time Olympic 200m champion Veronica Campbell Brown, are currently in the island and will be unveiled soon.

Multiple Olympic medallist Veronica Campbell-Brown has given birth to a daughter.

Just months after the two-time Olympic champion announced her pregnancy she delivered Avianna Amora Brown on February 23.

“Thank you Jesus for blessing us with this precious gift,” the veteran athlete posted on Instagram whose daughter weighed six pounds four ounces at birth.

Campbell is the third elite female Jamaican sprinter in the past four years to have become a mother, following Sherone Simpson and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.

The iconic sprinter received dozens of congratulatory responses to her Instagram post.

Among them 2016 double Olympic gold medalist Elaine Thompson, Novelene Williams-Mills, Omar McMcLeod, Ristanana Tracey, and Shericka Williams. Commonwealth Games medalist Alia Atkinson also offered her congratulations as did recently retired US Olympic hurdles star Dawn Harper and retired Canadian star athlete Perdita Felicien.

 

Jamaican Olympic champion Veronica Campbell-Brown and her husband Omar Brown, are expecting their first child and has hinted that she could be retiring from the sport of track and field.

Jamaica’s 2006 Commonwealth 200-metre gold medallist Omar Brown has been appointed assistant coach at William and Mary College in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Jamaica on Wednesday signed agreements with sculptor Basil Watson to begin work on statues of track icon Veronica Campbell Brown and former world record holder Asafa Powell.

Newly-crowned World U-20 double champion Briana Williams admits emulating the exploits of legendary Jamaican sprinter Veronica Campbell-Brown featured prominently in her thoughts heading into the games in Tampere, Finland.

Two-time Olympic gold medallist Veronica Campbell-Brown has played down the disappointment of a sluggish start to the season and insists she is just happy to be healthy again.

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