Jamaica Gleaner

ROCKET

- Daniel.wheeler@gleanerjm.com

all time, notching an unpreceden­ted fourth 100m title in the process.

She followed up that effort with another topof-the-podium finish as part of the women’s 4x100m gold medal-winning team.

Pryce’s first competitiv­e season after giving birth could not have gone any better, and her long journey back to the top of world sprinting has given her added confidence as she prepares for next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.

“Well, this one is definitely memorable,” she told The Gleaner as she exited the airport last night. “Coming back from having my son and performing the way I did, I’m really happy for it.

“It’s been a long two years, but to be able to do what I did is definitely something that has given me a lot of confidence going forward and I [will continue] to work hard. I’m still having my eyes set on 2020.”

The latest addition to her glittering résumé led former Olympic and former World champion Michael Johnson to declare her as the best female athlete of all time.

“We need to put @realshelly­annfp 100m career into perspectiv­e. 2x Olympic 100 champ. Only 2 other women have ever done that. 4x World Champ 100. No other woman has ever done that. And 100m is one of the most difficult events to repeat as champion! Undisputed G.O.A.T. (Greatest of all time),” Johnson tweeted after the 100 metres final last week Sunday.

But Fraser-Pryce isn’t worried about her eventual place in the annals of female sprinting or the many accolades from track and field fans and experts.

“I’m one of those sprinters that don’t get really caught up in the greatest sprinter of all time,” she said. “I’m just more focused on performing at my best and making sure that every time that I step on the track, that I give of my best, 100 per cent.

“It’s so weird. I don’t get caught up with those other stuff. I’m more focused, just continuing to work hard and continuing to put my best foot forward and supersedin­g my own expectatio­ns.”

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