‘My son needs me’: Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce to retire after Paris Olympics

Three-time Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has revealed she plans to retire after the Paris Games this summer.

The 37-year-old won the 100m title in both 2008 and 2012, and collected a third Olympic gold as part of the Jamaican relay team at Tokyo 2020.

That latter title, as well as three of her 10 world titles, came after the birth of her son in 2017.

In an interview with Essence.com, Fraser-Pryce said her family was the key to her decision. “There’s not a day I’m getting up to go practise and I’m like, ‘I’m over this’,” she said. “My son needs me. My husband and I have been together since before I won in 2008. He has sacrificed for me.

“We’re a partnership, a team. And it’s because of that support that I’m able to do the things that I have been doing for all these years. And I think I now owe it to them to do something else.”

Fraser-Pryce, who also has four Olympic silver medals and one bronze, became the oldest woman to the win the 100m world title when she took gold in Doha in 2019, and she reclaimed the crown in Eugene in 2022 at the age of 35.

Last year, Fraser-Pryce was caught on video winning her son’s sports day race in Jamaica. The multiple Olympic and world championship gold medallist lined up against other mothers and unsurprisingly won by a distance.

The Guardian