Following her recent injury at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest, Hungary, Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is already planning her return to the track and has set her sights on the 2024 Paris Olympics.
Despite a prolonged start to her 2023 season, Fraser-Pryce copped two medals at the World Championships: her first individual medal for her third-place finish in the 100m and a second with team Jamaica in the 4x100m relay. Fraser-Pryce completed her leg of the race but sustained a hamstring injury in her right leg and was taken to the hospital for examination.
However, the renowned sprinter appears to be in good spirits despite a season of unexpected setbacks, and on Wednesday, she thanked her many loyal supporters in a statement on Instagram. Fraser-Pryce expressed how touched she was by the warmth shown by her fans as she contemplated returning to the track.
Now a World Championships veteran, Fraser-Pryce described her career as prolific and maintained that she will continue to perfect her craft. The athlete thanked the organisers of the World Championships for their swift response to her injury on Saturday, which she said was a testament to their professionalism.
Fraser-Pryce went on to share her immense appreciation for her country and fellow Jamaicans and the motivation they have given her.
“Jamaica, the sweet land that I love, you are my heart, my backbone, and the literal catalyst pushing me against all odds. Without a doubt, I am proud to be ‘one of us,’ as you all poured your support and care into me over the season. It was what kept me going,” Fraser-Pryce stated.
In a further display of her resoluteness to continue despite her injuries over the season, the sprinter added that when faced with injury, one must endeavour to be their best through hard work, planning, and patience. Fraser-Pryce subsequently expressed that she would be attending the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris, France.
It is unclear if the sprinter’s injury will prevent her from finishing the remainder of her season.
View Fraser-Pryce’s full statement below.