A key figure in athletics for 15 years, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has just announced that she will retire at the end of the Paris Olympic Games this summer. Considered one of the greatest sprinters in history, if not the best, the Jamaican is one of those athletes who came close to breaking the world record of the late Florence Griffith-Joyner. But at 37, the time has come for her to say goodbye, she who will have left her mark on the world of athletics throughout her career. 10 Sport invites you to look back in more detail on his immense career.
Even without being an athletics fan, you must have seen Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce on your screen. Or rather, you often had to not blink your eyes and keep them wide open so as not to miss your run in the 100 meters, your flagship event. The Jamaican became a mother and decided at 37 that she was going to devote more time to them. During her career at the highest level, she won everything and broke some historic records. And she could well be there once again during the Paris Olympic Games next summer. Like Usain Bolt, she has often dominated her opponents…
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“My son needs me”
By putting her career on hold to welcome her first child in 2017, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce then had a resounding return to the circuit as she continued to shine. Now, she wants to retire to spend time with her family, as she explained. “My son needs me, with my husband, we have been together since before my victory in 2008. He sacrificed himself for me. We are a partnership, a team, and it is thanks to this support that I can do what I have been doing for all these years. I think I owe it to them now to do something else. I want to show people that you stop when you decide and on your own terms,” she said. The tone is set and the message is sent. See you on August 3 on the straight.