Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce Targets Worlds Sprint Double

André Lowe, Seniorr When she just started competing in the 200m a few years ago, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce was, at best, a reluctant participant. However, an Olympic silver medal sure has a way of changing perspectives. With the August-scheduled IAAF World Championships now in sight, the two-time Olympic and 2009 World Championships 100m champion confirmed that she will once again be attempting the sprint double this season as she continues to test the boundaries of her limitations. She won't stop there, however, as she prepares for her first shot at the indoor circuit, the break-neck 60m scene seeming like a perfect match for a woman already regarded as the best out of the blocks. "I am looking forward to doing both the 100m and the 200m this year, but now I have to focus my attention on the indoor season and see how well I can do there," said Fraser-Pryce, the 2012 National Sportswoman of the Year. LOOKING FORWARD TO SEASON "Training has been going great. I am just enjoying the new workouts that I have been getting, but I am just looking forward to the rest of the season," Fraser-Pryce said. "Every championships is big for me. Once I am competing, I go out 100 per cent, and this year's World Championships, I am looking to do what I have always been doing and that's to go out and compete at the best of my ability." Fraser-Pryce, in a meteoric fashion that mirrors her 100m ascendancy, has become a force in the half-lap event, beating specialist 200m athlete Veronica Campbell-Brown at the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association/Supreme Ventures Limited National Senior Championships, before helping herself to a silver medal at the London Olympics. Many expect her to have equal success in the shorter 60m, which is contested indoors, given her 'quick draw' out of the blocks and the strongest part of her 100m race being the first 60-80m. PUTTING IN THE WORK However, Fraser-Pryce, who turned 26 in December, is not taking anything for granted and is prepared to stride into a new challenge and improve what is already the strongest weapon in her sprinting arsenal. "I am looking for a better start, and no, it's not unfair," Fraser-Pryce laughed while talking to The Sunday Gleaner after Friday night's RJR Sports Foundation Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year Awards ceremony. "It's about putting in the work because as an athlete, I run best when I am in front. "I am excited. I know that a lot of persons think I will do great indoors, but I don't know. It's my first time and I'm sure it's something that I will have to get used to as well," she reasoned. "I have heard a lot of persons talk about indoors and how different it is from outdoors, so I'm just waiting to see what will happen and how well I will do." Merlene Ottey, who now competes for Slovenia, holds the national record in the 60m with a time of 6.96, which was set in 1992.