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Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce joins 2018 Cayman Invitational Line-up

BEIJING, CHINA – AUGUST 29: Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica celebrates after crossing the finish line to win gold in the Women’s 4×100 Metres Relay final during day eight of the 15th IAAF World Athletics Championships Beijing 2015 at Beijing National Stadium on August 29, 2015 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands – Jamaica sweetheart Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce joins the line-up for the Cayman Invitational which takes place on Saturday, 2 June 2018 at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex starting at 6pm. Fraser-Pryce’s fellow countryman Asafa Powell and American LaShawn Merritt are also headlining the meet along with 70-plus other international athletes and at least 20 local participants.

100m specialist Fraser-Pryce first caught the attention of the world at the 2008 Olympic Games when, at 21 years old and relatively unknown, she became the first Caribbean woman to win 100 m gold at the Olympics. In 2012, she successfully defended her 100m title, becoming the third woman to win two consecutive 100m gold medals at the Olympics. Then, after winning bronze at the 2016 Summer Olympics, she became the first woman in history to win 100m medals at three consecutive Olympic Games. She has also won seven World Championships gold medals across the 100m, 200m and 4×100 relay events.

Fraser-Pryce’s appearance at the Cayman Invitational marks the start of her return to the international track and field scene. She missed the 2016-2017 season to have her son Zyon and also recover from a nagging toe injury. Her first competitive race in over a year took place less than a month ago in Kingston, where she won her section of the JAAA’s All-Comers Meet women’s 100m dash in 11.52s.

“We are so excited to have the great Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce with us at this year’s Invitational. She announced in February that she intends to have the greatest comeback ever and we hope this meet will help her as she prepares for the upcoming season,” said Meet Director Cydonie Mothersill. “The consummate professional and sportswoman, Shelly is so gifted yet so humble with such a warm personality. Fans are definitely in for a treat, and we wish her all the best in her mission to return again to the top spot in women’s track and field.”

Other athletes competing include Nesta Carter (JAM), Jeff Demps (USA), Kemar Hyman (CAY), Jason Rogers (St. Kitts), Schillone Calvert-Powell (JAM), Sherone Simpson (JAM), Jeanna Prandini (USA) and Ristannana Tracey (JAM). The Calabar High School team (JAM) will also be participating as well as athletes from Special Olympics.

Tickets for the Cayman Invitational are on sale and available from Funky Tang’s at a cost of $50 for VIP, $30 for the finish line and $25 for the grandstand.

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