Five-time Olympic Champion Elaine Thompson-Herah shared a great deal of respect and admiration in the early part of her career to fellow sprinter, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, whom she referred to as being a “role model” for her in the sport.
During an interview, a young Thompson-Herah commended the notable achievements of Fraser-Pryce in track and field, whilst also stating that as an upcoming athlete, she was openly welcomed and has been provided with much guidance throughout.
“Well she’s a role model for me definitely, her door is always open for me. She’s always there if anything that I want know. She also guides me,” she said.
Furthermore, Thompson-Herah recalled a time when both she and another sprinter were competing at the Olympics and Fraser-Pryce offered a word of advice before the race. She stated that she used that opportunity to motivate her fellow teammates by imploring them to not worry about her, yet to remain focused and stay within their lanes.
“She just want to guide us so we can reach where she is,” Thompson-Herah said.
The now 30-year-old athlete who is considered to be the ‘Fastest Woman Alive‘ over the women’s 100m declared that she tries to embody Fraser-Pryce’s tenacity on the tracks. She also expressed that she is working on progressing further in the sport, however, has not attained that level when compared to her fellow Jamaican teammate.
“I don’t think I’m perfect yet but I’m working on that but she’s a good inspiration to the sport,” she said.
Watch the video of Elaine Thompson-Herah speaking below: