Jamaican sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce on Monday said she feels the fastest man on the planet Usain Bolt could have dug deeper instead of quitting.Also Read - IPL 2021: Usain Bolt Dons RCB Jersey Ahead of Season Opener; AB de Villiers Reacts
“Maybe this was his opportunity to dig deeper and deeper than he thought he could. I tell him that you miss it but he says ‘no’ you are doing it for all of us,” said Shelly-Ann. Also Read - Sachin Tendulkar, Cristiano Ronaldo Lead Wishes on Twitter as Stars From Sporting World Ring in The New Year
The Olympics champion and 100m World record holder quit in 2017 after failing to win a 100m gold at the World Championships in London. That year, he had to settle for bronze behind American contemporaries Justin Gatlin and Christian Coleman. Also Read - Olympians Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore Could Have Been Successful IPL Players
A man of many talents, Bolt then tried his luck in football for a brief time with a second division Australian club but could not get a professional contract. Last year, the eight-time Olympic gold medallist turned a music producer.
“He (Bolt) does miss the track. He was in football, now he is a producer, he is singing and I was like, ‘sir you could have channelled all this energy into the track’,” Shelly-Ann, considered the greatest female sprinter, said during a media interaction hours before the Laureus Awards ceremony.
Shelly-Ann, the three-time Olympic medallist, said instead of investing his energy in different ventures, Bolt could have tried to recreate his magic on a running track.
Ann said she understood he had been doing it for a long time, but felt he could have stretched it further.
“But I understand it for him, he has been doing it for a long time, breaking records. A different level of performance. I still believe he had more. But sometimes it not about the things we know we can achieve, some of the things are hidden beneath that just need a different platform to come out,” said the mother of a two-year-old son.