Shelly-Ann Fraser has two goals in
mind when the international season kicks into high gear this week.
The women’s Olympic and World 100
metres champion hopes to perfect her starts and successfully finish the season
without any serious injuries.
“Training has been going very well
for me so far,” said Fraser. “My coach and I are working on perfecting my
technique, and also working on my starts. Yes, my starts! Most people might say
my starts are good, but I am always willing to do more to make it better.”
Fraser, 23, is only the second
woman to hold the Olympic and world 100m titles simultaneously, after American
Gail Devers, and is excited about the prospects for the new season, which includes
the lucrative IAAF Diamond League.
“My first 100m gets on the way in
Shanghai on 23 May and I’m really
looking forward to going back to China, where it all started. Who knows, I
might leave extremely happy. I expect an exciting race and I know the competition
will also be fierce, but I live to compete at my best at all times, so I know
my competitors will do the same.”
Fraser, one of the 13 IAAF Diamond
League ambassadors, expects the season to be also quite hectic. “This year is
wonderful because there is no major championship, and I am looking forward to
running some wonderful times and just enjoy being healthy and blessed.”