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Fraser-Pryce Pulls Out Of Shanghai Diamond League With Toe Injury

SHANGHAI – After pulling out of last week’s Jamaica International Invitational, World and Olympic 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has also withdrew from the IAAF Shanghai Diamond League this weekend.

SHANGHAI – After pulling out of last week’s Jamaica International Invitational, World and Olympic 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has also withdrew from the IAAF Shanghai Diamond League this weekend.

The Jamaican sprint star is currently dealing with a toe injury, which apparently has hinder her preparations.

And with this summer being an important year for her – when she goes in search of her third successive Olympic Games 100m title in Rio, Brazil, her coach Stephen Francis, as expected, will not take any chance on her health.

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Fraser-Pryce was down to compete in the women’s 200m, the same event she scratched from at the Kingston meeting last Saturday at the National Stadium.

However, the organizers released a statement on Thursday (11) confirming her withdrawal.

“Top sprinter Shelley-Ann Fraser-Pryce, unfortunately has to cancel her participation in the IAAF Diamond League Shanghai.

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The 29-year-old, according to the statement is currently undergoing treatment and is expected to return to competition in a short time.

“She is not able to compete due to a small toe injury. She currently gets treatment and expects to be fit on a short notice.”

“Fraser-Pryce is disappointed that she can not compete in Shanghai, as she was looking forward to the meet,” the statement added on Thursday.

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The Jamaican sprinter won Olympic title over 100m at the 2008 and 2012 Games.

She is also a seven-time World champion, including golds in the 100m at the 2009, 2013 and 2015 IAAF World Championships.

Nicknamed the pocket rocket, Fraser-Pryce could be challenged big time by fellow countrywoman and training partner Elaine Thompson, who has been in good form in the early season, including running a wind-aided 10.71 in Kingston, last weekend.

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So far this season, she’s posted 23.24 secs for the 200m and ran the anchor leg on the Jamaican second place 4x100m relays team at Penn Relays.

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