Jamaican sprint queen Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who has nine world titles to her name, will compete in the 100m at the Continental Gold Tour event in Kasarani.
Fraser-Pryce said the push was hers Kenyan fans on her Facebook page lured her into competing at this year’s Absa Kip Keino Classic.
The 35-year-old Fraser-Pryce, who promised to give her Kenyan fans what they asked for, said Jamaican , known for sprints love to visit countries that embrace and support them.
“My huge base of Kenyan fans on my social media pages has long been urging me to compete in Kenya ‘ Fraser said Pryce. “Obviously I want to repay that with the promise of a good, exciting and fast race.”
Fraser-Pryce said that coming to Kenya, where she intends to complete her 100m Season start means a lot to fans too. “It’s been a long journey from my hometown of Kingston, but it feels good to be in Kenya for the first time.”
Fraser-Pryce noted that her team competed at the U20 World Athletics Championships in Taking part in Kenya last year brought home good memories.
Fraser-Pryce said she too is looking forward to a fantastic race and enjoying the experience in Kenya, which is world renowned for athletics.
“The world is talking about Kenya being the home of athletics and I was dying to come here and open my 100m season. Hopefully I can do a solid race with good execution,” said Fraser-Pryce, considered one of the greatest sprinters of all time.
“I also know that Kenya has 42 tribes, but the Maasai are them most famous. So I look forward to Kenya’s great hospitality,” said Fraser-Pryce with a meaningful laugh.
Fraser-Pryce, who has won seven medals at the Olympic Games and 12 at the World Athletics Championships, told Focus will continue to ensure she starts the season well by having the right foundation ahead of the World Championships in July in Oregon, USA.
“I want to execute my technique as best as I can to make sure that I’m making my core times and goals,” said the mother-of-one.
Fraser-Pryce, who won the women’s 100m at the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympics, said, having to face tough opponents like Tokyo 200m silver medalist Mboma will bring out her ‘A’ game.
“It’s definitely crucial because it allows you to practice what you’ve been doing in training Has. I want to focus on myself as an athlete and what I want to achieve in 2022,” said Fraser-Pryce, who is a great admirer of former Olympic champions Ezekiel Kemboi (3,000m steeplechase) and Asbel Kiprop (1,500m) >
” I loved his energy. It’s always good for us athletes to get out on the track to race and enjoy the moment when we cross the finish line,” Fraser-Pryce said of Kemboi.
Fraser-Pryce, who ran a personal best of 10.60 seconds in Lausanne last year, said she wants to run 10.50 or even 10.40 this year, making her the third fastest woman in history.
< p>“I definitely think anything is possible this season after having a good season and setting the third fastest time ever after the Tokyo Olympics,” said Fraser-Pryce, who has nine gold medals from the World Championships.
She said the secret of her longevity and well The performance is hunger, passion and the goals that she has set herself. “One must never settle down,” Fraser-Pryce said.
Fraser-Pryce said she always believed she could run 10.60 and held on to that belief.
“I’m glad I never stopped after my son was born. I believed in a dream. I think I can run 10.50 so I’m working towards that. It’s about passion and faith,” Fraser-Pryce said, adding that she has a dream to fulfill this year. “I’m still at it and enjoying the moment as I look forward to adding more awards.”
Fraser-Pryce hopes to inspire athletes that eventually, starting families can come from injury or a performance delay good.
She said she will run sparingly this year while focusing on the Paris 2024 Olympics.
“I won’t be able to do as much as last year . Age is catching up and I’m no longer the spring chicken I should be running around all over the place. I will be strategic and think long-term, especially for the next Olympics,” she added.