“I’m here trying to do my best, and that’s all I can do,” she said.
Brandini remembered that she was in training when she was informed that a place had opened up in the 100m. She had already secured a place on the US team in the 200m.
“Honestly, I had no idea who I was going to replace,” she said. “I just got a call, and they asked me if I was going to run 100, and I said yes, and that was it. I didn’t know the rest of the story. So, once I found out about you guys, that was when I found out too.”
After finishing with the third fastest qualifying time in Tokyo, Fraser did not discuss or comment on Bryce Richardson. She could be forgiven for wanting to focus on the runners taking part in the Olympics, even if it was a losing battle.
For most of Fraser-Price’s career, she was overshadowed by Bolt—and most male and female runners—.
Now, at the age of 34, Fraser-Price is a two-time Olympic champion, six-time Olympic medalist, nine-time world champion and the mother of her young son, Zion. She famously went into labor while watching the broadcast of the women’s 100m final at the 2017 World Championships. She said she took a year off following giving birth, which “considerate of renewed my motivation and what I wanted to accomplish”.
Fraser-Price returned to triumph another world championship in 2019, then set the fastest time of her life in June: 10.63 at a meet in Jamaica. This performance made her the second fastest sprinter in history following Florence Griffith Joyner, whose world record was held for 33 years.
On Friday, Fraser-Price didn’t discount the idea that she could put her best foot forward if the conditions were right and the race lived up to his potential.