Fraser-Pryce, Blake named captains of Jamaica's Olympic team

By Javid Bryan July 26, 2021
Fraser-Pryce, Blake named captains of Jamaica's Olympic team athleticsja

 Two-time Olympic 100m gold-medalist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and double Olympic silver medalist Yohan Blake have been named captains of Jamaica's track-and-field team at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

The Jamaica Athletics Administration Association (JAAA) revealed the appointments on social media earlier today, 72 hours before the track and field competition begins in Tokyo.

This marks the first time both athletes were made captains on the same Olympic track and field team.  Fraser-Pryce in her fourth Olympics was named captain of Jamaica’s track and field team before at the 2019 IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar. 

Earlier this year, Fraser-Pryce became the fastest woman alive after clocking 10.63 seconds at the JAAA Olympic Destiny Series on June 5.  She subsequently sped to the sprint double at the Jamaica National Trials later that month.

Blake, at his third Olympics and who won silver medals in the 100m and 200m at the London Olympics in 2012, has regained his confidence after reviving his former moniker - The Beast - that he had given up several years ago.

Track and field will get underway on Thursday at 7:45 pm. Jamaican discus thrower Fredrick Dacres will be the first in action on the day.

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    The time also puts Alfred in an elite group of the top-10 fastest women from the Caribbean over 100m. Only Elaine Thompson-Herah (10.54), Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (10.60), Merlene Ottey (10.74)., Kerron Stewart (10.75), Veronica Campbell-Brown (10.76) and Shericka Jackson (10.76) have, as Caribbean women, run faster than Alfred.

    “Today (Sunday) was a wonderful day for us in St Lucia, having received news that Julien’s performance has made her the second fastest in the world. This was no easy feat. Julien has shown that she has the potential to develop, has the potential to do great things. It is on this premise, that she was scouted by her club, Survivors and Mr Cuthbert Modest, who saw the potential and assisted in that development and today we are witnessing what she has accomplished,” Breen told Sportsmax. TV.

    “It is indeed a proud moment for us. We, as a nation, are happy about such a performance. We look forward to her continued development and her continued progress in the sport of track and field.”

    He remained hopeful that Alfred would be able to deliver similar performances at the major championships.

    “The World Championship is on the horizon, the Commonwealth Games and even the Olympics, and we continue to be proud of her,” he said.

    Alfred will be favoured to win the final set for later Sunday despite being lined up in a stacked field that includes University of Texas teammates Kevona Davis, who ran a lifetime best 10.95 in the preliminary round, Kynnedy Flannel, as well as the speedy Rosemary Chukwuma from Texas Tech.

     

     

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