Fraser-Pryce raring to beat Okagbare, Thompson to 100m gold

Double Olympic 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is seemingly back to her old self, while Elaine Thompson is raring to go, according to MVP honcho Stephen Francis after watching his charges work out at the CEFAN Naval Base.

Nigeria's Blessing Okagbare celebrates winning the women's 100m athletics event at Hampden Park during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland on July 28, 2014.   AFP PHOTO
Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare celebrates winning the women’s 100m athletics event at Hampden Park during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland on July 28, 2014. AFP PHOTO

“She has trained a lot better in the last five weeks than she did before, so her numbers (times) are starting to resemble what they typically are when she is in top shape,” Francis said

Fraser-Pryce has been bothered by a niggling left toe injury for some time and has not looked her explosive self throughout the season, losing her 100m national title in the process.

Having missed several meets early in the season, Fraser-Pryce spoke of the significant pain she had to endure during competition as she prepared for another assault at the Olympic Games.

At one point she had to be wearing a toe straightener and a cushion during training.

Fraser-Pryce, who will be defending her 100m Olympic title, and hunts an unprecedented third-consecutive crown, was seen sporting a green and yellow hairstyle, and appeared spritely and raring to go.

Her 10.93 seconds achieved at Jamaica’s Senior Championships on July 1, makes her the eighth-fastest woman this season, behind world leader and training partner Elaine Thompson with 10.70 seconds and American English Gardner with 10.74. Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare is another medal hopeful that Fraser-Pryce will have to contend with in Rio.

“Hopefully she will perform as well as the numbers say that she should,” said Francis.

Meanwhile, Thompson, who is a serious threat to Fraser-Pryce’s 100m title, was given a medical exemption from the 200m. Francis noted, however, that she is training well.

“She has been training to do the 100 primarily, and if called upon, she will do the 200m. She will be okay, and I think she is ready to run well in the 100,” said Francis.

“You saw at the trials, they are better than they were then, and hopefully my thoughts will be borne out in actual competition.

“If the athletes that we have here, if given the chance to prepare themselves properly for the Championships, on the day when the races are to be run we will do very well.” added Francis.

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