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Elaine Thompson-Herah Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce Shericka Jackson and Briana Williams win the women's 4x100m relay gold medal at Tokyo 2020

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Fraser-Pryce: We wanted to win for Thompson-Herah

Jamaica didn’t break the women’s 4x100m world record, but Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce was happy to help Elaine Thompson-Herah win her third gold.

TOKYO, Japan — Sprint star Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce revealed that she and her teammates wanted to win the women’s 4x100m relay as a tribute to Elaine Thompson-Herah who had already won a pair of gold medals in the sprints in Tokyo.

Jamaica entered the women’s 4x100m relay final as the overwhelming favourites and a strong candidate to break the world record of 40.82 seconds.

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The team of Briana Williams, Thompson-Herah, Fraser-Pryce and Shericka Jackson missed breaking the world record, but set a national record and posted the second-fastest time ever of 41.02s to take the gold medal at the Olympic Stadium on Friday.

The victory in the sprint relay improved Thompson-Herah’s gold medal tally at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics to three, following her 100m and 200m title runs earlier at the Games and Fraser-Pryce said the focus was the get the baton around safely to make sure that her former training partner “got a third gold medal.”

“As an elite athlete, I was ready for the opportunity to carry the stick around,” a proud Fraser-Pryce said. “We got the national record, but we didn’t get the world record we wanted.

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“We wanted for Elaine to get the three gold medals, and we did that.”

READ MORE: Thompson-Herah completes sprint double with second-fastest ever 200m

Meanwhile, after failing to bring home the gold medal at the last three Olympic Games (2008, 2012 and 2016) – Fraser-Pryce said she was delighted to finally get back to the top, noting that the win was even more special as it came on Independence Day in Jamaica.

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“We are so grateful to win this gold medal for Jamaica on national independence day,” the two-time Olympic 100m champion said. “For two years we have been unimpressive, you know, so to get it back today is special.”

She added: “The main focus was getting the baton around. We knew once we got it around we would do very well.

“…We are all going home with a gold.”

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Racquel Smith joined World-Track and Field Website in 2008 as a contributor for the Beijing Olympic Games and she has grown with us ever since. Despite being a mother of two, Racquel has been one of our main go-to writers from Caribbean meetings.

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