Kip Keino Classic: 3 time Olympic champion Fraser-Pryce eyes Mboma’s scalp
Three-time Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce believes she can run 10.50 seconds when she takes to the track during tomorrow’s Kip Keino Classic at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani.
The track super star was speaking to People Sport on Wednesday night after she jetted into the country, saying her coming to Kenya where she intends to start her 100m season meant a lot to her and her fans too.
“It was a long journey from my hometown of Kingston but it feels good to be in Kenya for the first time,” she said.
She added: “I definitely think anything is possible on Saturday and this season after I had a good run last year where I registered the third fastest time ever after the Tokyo Olympics. One thing I can predict, is a fantastic race,” said the Jamaican sprints queen, who has nine world titles to her name.
Fraser-Pryce is inspired by what American Trayvon Bromell and Africa record holder and local favourite, Ferdinand Omanyala did last season, running 9.76 and 9.77 respectively on the same track, she too can dream.
“I know it is a fast track that is why I too can dream about posting some great time,” said the Sprinter christened the pocket rocket.
Fraser-Pryce said she too is looking forward to having a fantastic race, and enjoy the experience in Kenya that is well known world over for athletics.
“The world talks about Kenya being the home of athletics and I definitely wanted to come here to open my season in my 100m races. Hopefully, I will be able to put up a solid race with good execution,” explained Fraser-Pryce.
The 35-year-old revealed the secret to her longevity and good performance is hunger, passion and following the goals she has set.
“One must never settle in,” said Fraser-Pryce who lauded her self belief while insisting her performance in Lausanne 10.60 seconds reignited something in her eyes and her old being that she can technically run a good race.
“I am glad I never stopped even after I gave birth to my son. I believed in a big dream. I believe I can run 10.50 or even 10.40 hence I am working towards that,” she added.
Fraser-Pryce hopes to inspire athletes and make them understand that they can eventually start families, come from injuries or delays to perform well in their careers.
“No situation is permanent, I want to be a source of inspiration to all ladies out there,” she continued.
Her knowledge of Kenya was quite telling for someone who is only here for the first time.
“I also know that Kenya has 42 tribes but the Maasais are the most famous. That is why I look forward to Kenya’s great hospitality,” said Fraser-Pryce.