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Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce to miss 2017 World Athletics Championships in London

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce will miss this years World Athletics Championships in London. Photo: Erik Van Leeuwen via Wikimedia Commons

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce will miss this years World Athletics Championships in London. Photo: Erik Van Leeuwen via Wikimedia Commons

One of the greatest female sprinters of all time will miss the 2017 World Athletics Championships held in London this summer. 

Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, the reigning 100m World Champion will miss the games in London due to pregnancy. 

The 30 year old told BBC Sport that she had hoped to defend her title in London but said "Life is filled with many blessings with god. So here I am thinking about being the greatest mother I can be with my biggest blessing." 

The sprint superstar has won nine medals at the outdoor World Championships, seven golds and two silvers. Fraser-Pryce has won the individual 100m crown on three occasions, triumphing in 2009, 2013 and 2015. 

She also won the 2012 London Olympics 100m title on the same track. 

She said she plans to return to competition in 2018. 

The absence of Fraser-Pryce opens the door for a new Jamaican superstar to triumph at London 2017. Elaine Thompson, the 2016 Rio 100m Olympic Champion will be hoping to match her compatriots achievements of winning the 100m Olympic and World Championship gold. 

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