Fraser-Pryce withdraws from London 2017 World Championships

Three-time World 100m Champion, Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce will not be defending her world title at the World Championships in London later this summer, after declaring that she’s expecting a baby.

Fraser-Pryce who won the 100m titles in 2009, 2013 and 2015 made the declaration via her social media pages on Wednesday morning, saying: “All my focus heading into training for my 2017 season was on getting healthy and putting myself in the best possible fitness to successfully defend my title in London 2017. But life is filled with many blessings with God. So here I am thinking about being the greatest mother I can be with my biggest blessing and the promise God made me,” she said in her announcement on Facebook.

The Jamaican is the most decorated female athlete in the world having won laurels including the Olympic 100m titles, which she won in 2008 and 2012. She also became the first woman in history to be crowned the World 100m Champion on three different occasions and also is a joint holder of Jamaica’s 100m record with 10.70s.

Having finished on the podium last year in Brazil finishing 3rd, with her compatriot Elaine Thompson going on to scoop the Olympic double, many had anticipated Fraser-Pryce bouncing back this year, but with this development, all focus on her will now be till 2018.

Fraser-Pryce announced on Wednesday that she is expecting a baby.

Funmi Fameso

Funmi Fameso is a Junior Sports Writer at Making of Champions. She is a 2012 Graduate of Lagos State University, where she obtained a BSc in Microbiology. She worked as a Health Centre Laboratory Assistant during her NYSC year and since then she has worked as a Junior Sports Writer for her church’s youth magazine, Kingsword Youth Club Magazine. It was watching the Sydney 2000 Olympics that ignited her passion of sports, most especially Athletics. Sports means three things to her: Passion, Hard Work and Dedication!

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