The unstoppable pocket rocket and inspirational islandista Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce did Jamaica and the whole Caribbean proud yesterday when she did the double at the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Moscow.
Shelly-Ann was out like a shot and looked quite simply unbeatable early on, even with the formidable challenge of Olympic champion Allyson Felix in the next lane.
However, the big battle was not to be, as Allyson pulled up and then fell to the track after tearing her hamstring – a shame really. Even uber-patriotic Jamaicans did ‘a feel it fi’ Felix who has been a thorn in the side of female Caribbean sprinters for a long time but a worthy competitor.
But really, it’s all about Shelly-Ann – the other end of Jamaica’s sprint dominance, petite and bubbly to Bolt’s lanky cool.
But more importantly, every gold Shelly-Ann wins reminds us of the importance of perseverance. Born to a teen mother in one of the roughest ghettos in Jamaica, she never let herself become “another Waterhouse statistic“. No sah! Successful, married and university-educated, Shelly-Ann is one who always has her eyes on the prize.
Congratulations to her once again!