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Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce said the Paris Games would be her fifth and last Olympics.

Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce said the Paris Games would be her fifth and last Olympics.

The 37-year-old sprinter, who won two gold medals in the 100 meters and another in the 4×100 relay, told Essence.com that she still loves the sport but will retire after Paris to spend more time with my husband and myself. 6-year-old son Zyon.

“My son needs me,” she said. “My husband and I have been together since before my victory in 2008. He made sacrifices for me. We are a partnership, a team. And it is because of this support that I am able to do the things I have been doing all these years. And I think I owe them something else now.”

When Fraser-Pryce finished second at the Jamaican Olympic Trials in 2008 as an unknown, much of the talk focused on whether she should be passed over to the more established Veronica Campbell Brown. That didn’t happen. A few weeks later, Fraser-Pryce led the Jamaican in the 100 at the Beijing Games. It was the first of her eight Olympic medals. She also won four silver medals – including one in Tokyo in 2021 – and one bronze.

“I underestimated myself when I went to Beijing,” she said in an interview with Essence. “I just wanted to get to the final. But when I crossed the line in the first place, I never underestimated myself from that moment on. I’m not here just to participate. I’m here to win.”

She also won 10 gold medals at world championships, including six individual championships – five in the 100 and one in the 200. In 2019, she returned after giving birth to her son and became the oldest woman to win a world title. She won it again in 2022 at the age of 35, becoming the first athlete with five titles in the individual running event.

Fraser-Pryce finished third last year and is considered a contender in Paris, along with defending world champion Sha’Carri Richardson and two-time defending Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah. She said it was important that she leave the sport on her own terms and that the decision was not about whether she could still compete at the highest level.

“There’s not a day when I get up to go to training and I’m like, ‘I’m over this,'” Fraser-Pryce said.

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