Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce out of much anticipated Saturday’s Kip Keino Classic
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Five-time 100m champion Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce has pulled out of the much anticipated Saturday’s Kip Keino Classic with an injury.

The sprint sensation jetted out of the country in the company of her coach Reynaldo Walcott and physiotherapist Keneil Brown in the early hours of Friday.

The event organizers have confirmed that the world and multiple Olympic champion left Nairobi for Milan, Italy to seek specialised treatment.

“I am deeply disappointed to share that I will not be competing at the Kip Keino Classic. I was truly looking forward to kicking off my season at one the greatest athletic events in East Africa. I love coming to Nairobi and seeing the fans and people, there is an unspoken energy you can’t find anywhere else," said Fraser-Pryce in a statement.

The meeting Director Barnaba Korir confirmed that the 36-year-old had alerted the organizers of the injury on Thursday, adding that a tight doctor's schedule saw her depart the country as soon as possible.

"She raised genuine concern and explained that after aggravating the knee injury, she immediately called her doctor in Milan who could only be available for emergency treatment on Friday. We had t get the next available flight to get her to Milan," Korir explained.

"Fraser Pryce explained to us that she was not taking any chances with the injury and needed to seek immediate treatment to save her career, "Korir added.

Last year, Fraser clocked 10.67 seconds on her way to victory and her sudden exit will certainly disappoint her Kenyan fans.

This would have been Fraser-Pryce’s first race of the season having last competed in September last year.

She also pulled out of the Botswana Golden Grand Prix  last month because of family reasons