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 - Usain Bolt Plays Keepie Uppie Using Toilet Paper Roll to Stay Upbeat During Coronavirus Isolation
“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 - Kambala Racer Srinivas Gowda Not Interested in SAI Trials, Turns Down Kiren Rijiju's Invitation
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 - After Being Called 'India's Usain Bolt', Srinivasa Gowda Called for Trials by Sports Ministry
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.