Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, the multiple Olympic and World Championship gold medalist over the 100m, will not line up for Saturday’s Absa Kip Keino Classic, set to take place in Nairobi, Kenya, having suffered a sudden knee injury.
Reynaldo Walcott and Keneil Brown, Fraser-Pryce coach and physiotherapist, accompanied her as the 36-year-old left her hotel in the wee hours of Friday morning.
According to reports, Fraser-Pryce left the athlete’s hotel at 1.30 am and took a flight aboard EgyptAir to Cairo, from where she will connect to Milan’s Malpensa Airport for urgent specialized treatment.
Shelly-Ann Fraser expressed her disappointment by stating, “I was truly looking forward to kickoff my season at one the greatest athletic events in East Africa, I love coming to Nairobi and seeing the fans and people; there’s an unspoken energy you can’t find anywhere else.”
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Absa Kip Keino Classic Meeting Director Barnaba Korir revealed that Shelly-Ann reported to the meet organisers, that she injured her knee in training on Thursday and tried to carry on but to no avail. As a result of the injury, the Jamaican star had to leave immediately, despite Barnaba’s wishes to have her stay as a guest.
It had been planned that Fraser-Pryce would travel to Hong Kong for another track meet a few days after the Kip Keino Classic, but now she has been forced to cancel the trip.