Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce's coach showers Africa's fastest woman with praises

ATHLETICS Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce's coach showers Africa's fastest woman with praises

Abigael Wafula 18:09 - 27.03.2024

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce's coach Reynaldo Walcott has showered Africa's fastest woman with praises, terming her as one of the greatest sprinters.

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce’s coach Reynold Walcott is in awe of what Africa’s fastest woman Marie-Josée Ta Lou has done in the sport.

Walcott, speaking in an interview with Citius Mag, admitted that Ta Lou is one of the women who has made an impact in the sport but is yet to be recognised.

He noted that he understands what the sprint sensation always goes through having to finish fourth in many of her competitions in very quality fields and posting great times that no one ever talks about.

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“Ta Lou is a very warm lady…She has placed fourth so many times clocking times that would normally win. My heart goes out to her and I do understand the pain that she’s going through.

“Based on her quality and the quality of the field she competes in, I hope track and field can transcend to a level where even if she is heartbroken placing fourth based on how well she would have done at least she is compensated in a manner which reflects how extremely well she is doing and not just her but the whole field,” he said.

Meanwhile, Fraser-Pryce and Ta Lou share a very strong relationship off the track and on many occasions, the Ivorian sprinter has opened up on how the Jamaican motivates her to be the best version of herself.

At last year’s World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, Ta Lou finished fourth in 10.81 behind Fraser-Pryce who clocked 10.77.

After the performance, Ta Lou seemed to be contemplating her chances at next year’s Olympic Games but disclosed that Fraser-Pryce encouraged her not to give up on her dream.

“After the race, Fraser-Pryce said that she wants to see me in Paris and she doesn’t want to hear anything else. She told me that our faith should be above anything else.

"She told me to trust God because He works differently. But honestly, she gave me some very encouraging words…she is my sister!!,” she said during an interview.