Michael Frater

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Michael Frater
Michael Frater Warsaw 2010.JPG
Frater at the 2010 Janusz Kusocinski Memorial
Personal information
Nationality Jamaican
Born (1982-10-06) 6 October 1982 (age 33)
Manchester, Jamaica
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight 67 kg (148 lb; 10.6 st)
Sport Running
Event(s) 100 metres, 200 metres
College team TCU Horned Frogs
Club Racers Track Club

Michael Frater O.D (born 6 October 1982 in Manchester, Jamaica) is a track and field sprinter who specialises in the 100 metres event. He won a silver medal at the 2005 World Championships and a gold medal at the 2003 Pan American Games for the event.

He has also been successful as part of the Jamaican 4 × 100 metres relay team, setting the world record and Olympic record at the 2012 London Olympics and 2008 Beijing Olympics. He also won gold in the relay at the 2006 Commonwealth Games and took silver in the 2002 edition.


Born on 6 October 1982, in Manchester, Jamaica, Michael Frater is the younger of two sons of Lyndell Frater, member of Jamaican Parliament, and Monica Frater. He attended the Ulster Spring primary school with brothers Lindel and Ricardo. His elder brother Lindel, was a sprinter who represented Jamaica at the 2000 Olympic Games. Frater stated that his brother was a major influence on his decision to become a track athlete.[1]

Frater attended Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas.[2] He is a member of the MVP (Maximising Velocity and Power) Track & Field Club based at the University of Technology (U-Tech), Kingston, and is coached by Stephen Francis.


Representing Wolmer's Boys School, Frater set two records at the Inter-Secondary School Sports Association National Boys & Girls Athletic Championship held at the National Stadium, Kingston. On 22 March, he won the Class 3 100 metres in 11.10 and the Class 3 200 metres in 22.73.[3]

Frater won gold at the CARIFTA Games, winning the Under-17 100 m in 11.07.[4]


Frater won a bronze medal at the CARIFTA Games. Competing in the Under-17 100 m he recorded 10.85 into a −0.7 m/s headwind. He also won a silver medal in the 4 × 100 m relay event.[4]


On 9 July Frater won a silver medal in the 4 x 100 metres relay at the Pan American Junior Championships. He ran the second leg for Jamaica, who finished in 40.27 behind the United States team.[5]

Eight days later Frater won a gold medal at the World Youth Championships.[6] He ran the second leg on the 4 × 100 m relay, the team's winning time 40.03 setting a new World Youth (under 18) record.[7]


Frater finished second in the 100 m with 10.50 at the Jamaica National Junior Championships on 30 June.[8]

Running for Boyd Anderson High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, he won the Florida state championship in the 100 m, and was selected as the Gatorade Outstanding High School Track Athlete for the state.[9]

In October, Frater finished fifth in the 100 m at the IAAF World Junior Championships in a personal best 10.46[10] and again fifth when running the first leg of the 4 × 100 m relay in 40.07.[11]


Frater won the 100 m at the Conference USA Outdoor Championships in 10.07.[12] Although wind aided +2.1 m/s the time is credited as a meet record, with the "(w-a)" notation for wind assistance.[13] In the preliminaries of the 200 m Frater ran a personal best 20.63 (wind +0.6 m/s).[14] He won the 200 m at the same event, in 20.45[15] Again wind assisted (+3.0 m/s), the time is credited as a meet record, with the "(w-a)" notation for wind assistance.[13] Frater collected his third win of the meet when TCU won the 4 × 100 m relay in 39.17,[16] setting another meet record.[13]

On 1 June Frater finished fourth in the 100 m at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships, running 10.40 in a −2.7 headwind.[17]

In July at the Commonwealth Games in Manchester Frater finished seventh in semi-final 1 of the 100 m event. He then ran the first leg of the Jamaican 4 × 100 m relay team that won a silver medal, the Jamaican team finishing with the same time as England, in 38.62 s.[18]


In February Frater ran 6.66 at the Conference USA Indoor Championships, bettering the previous meet record while finishing second in the 60 m. He also finished second in the 200 m.[19]

Frater finished third in the 100 m at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships, earning all-American honors.[20]

In early August at the Pan American Games, Frater finished second in the 100 m in 10.21[21] He ran the first leg of the 4 × 100 m relay; the Jamaican team finished fourth recording 39.08. Frater was awarded the gold medal for the 100 m and the bronze for the 4 × 100 m relay a week later[22] when American Mickey Grimes tested positive for the stimulant ephedrine,[23] resulting in the disqualification of Grimes and the US relay team.

Three weeks later at the World Championships in Paris, Frater was eliminated, running in the quarter finals of the 100 m heat immediately following Jon Drummond's on-track protest for disqualification, finishing sixth posting 10.25.[24] He helped the 4 × 100 m relay team qualify second quickest[25] for the final, running the third leg in the semi-final. In the final the baton exchange was not executed cleanly between Dwight Thomas and Frater, resulting in a DNF for the team.[26]


In May Frater won the 100 m at the Conference USA Outdoor Championships in 10.20. TCU won the 4 × 100 m relay, giving Frater his second win of the meet.[27]

On 12 June Frater finished second in 10.059 to Tyson Gay 10.051 at the NCAA Division 1 Outdoor Track & Field Championships at the University of Texas.[28][29] As a member of the TCU relay team he finished fourth in the 4 × 100 m event.[30]

Frater was knocked out in the first semi-final of the 100 m sprint at the 2004 Athens Olympics, finishing sixth in 10.29 into a −1.6 m/s headwind.[31] He ran the anchor leg on the 4 × 100 m relay in the heats, but did not get the chance to run for a medal as the Jamaican team failed to qualify for the final, with a season best 38.71 fourth-place finish in their heat.[32]


On 16 July Frater won the Meeting de Madrid IAAF Grand Prix event, recording 10.22 into a −0.7 m/s headwind.[33]

In the 2005 World Championships, he won the silver medal in the 100 m with 10.05, finishing second to American Justin Gatlin,[34] who was subsequently banned from competition in 2006 for four years after testing positive for testosterone or its precursor.[35] The Jamaican 4 × 100 m relay team, anchored by Frater, failed to gain a medal in the final, finishing fourth by .001 to the Great Britain and Northern Ireland team.[36]

Although he qualified for the 100 m at the 2005 World Athletics Final in Monaco, Frater did not start the race.[37]


Frater was disqualified in the semi-finals of the 100 m sprint because of a false start at the Commonwealth Games in March.[38] Patrick Johnson was charged with the first false start, which put the entire field under caution. Frater was removed from the field after the second false start, although he had a slower reaction, officially 0.146,[38] to the gun than Jacey Harper in Lane 7. After a third false start Mark Lewis-Francis was also disqualified from the semi-final. Frater ran the first leg of the 4 × 100 m relay, earning a gold medal with Jamaica's winning time of 38.36.[39]

Frater withdrew from competing in the Jamaica International Invitational on 6 May, his coach citing financial issues and "disrespect"[40]

In June, Frater won the 100 m in 10.18 at the JAAA National Championships, succeeding Asafa Powell as Jamaica National Champion.[41] He and his brother Lindel are the only brothers to win the 100 m event at the national championships.[42]


Frater, 10.13, finished second to Darrel Brown, 10.02, of Trinidad at the Jamaica International Invitational on 5 May.[43]

In June at the National Championships on a day highlighted by Veronica Campbell-Brown's emphatic victory in the female 100 m in a world-leading time of 10.89, Frater failed to qualify for the Osaka World Championships when he clocked a less than impressive 10.46. His only chance was left up to the final semi-final of the day but the exploits of talented schoolboy Yohan Blake (10.19) pushed Nesta Carter to run a blistering 10.17 thus making the third heat the fastest heat of the day. This meant that the World Championships silver medalist was out of the finals and as a result did not make the Jamaican team to Osaka.

On 28 July Frater clocked 9.95 at the 4th Gran Premio Internacional de Atletismo Gobierno de Aragon held in Zaragoza, Spain. The wind for the race was an illegal 3.7 m/s.[44]

Frater finished third in the 100 m at the 2007 World Athletics Final, Stuttgart, in 10.11[45]


On 28 June 2008, Frater finished third in the Jamaica National Championships (behind Usain Bolt 9.85, Asafa Powell 9.97) in 10.04, and qualified for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

He finished sixth in the Olympic 100 m final setting a personal best of 9.97 seconds.

Frater won a gold medal in Beijing, running the second leg of the Men's 4 × 100 m relay. The relay team of Carter, Frater, Bolt and Powell set a new world record of 37.10, with Frater recording a split time of 9.01 seconds for his leg. (USATF High Performance Registered Split Analysis).

In a Jamaican sweep of the medal positions led by Asafa Powell and Nesta Carter, Frater again finished third in the 100 m at the World Athletics Final, Stuttgart, in 10.10[46]

One week later Frater won the 100 m at the Shanghai Golden Grand Prix on 20 September, the first official event of the IAAF 2009 Grand Prix series.[47]

Frater was honoured in a homecoming celebration in Jamaica and received an Order of Distinction (Officer Rank) in recognition of his achievements at the Olympics.[48]


Frater (left) celebrating his World Championship relay victory with his teammates

Frater ran the second leg for his MVP 4 × 100 m relay team at the Milo Western Relays held at the GC Foster College on 14 February. The team recorded a new meet record and world leading time of 38.72 s for the relay event.[49]

On 7 March, Frater was inducted into the Boyd Anderson Ring of Honor.[50]

On 16 April Frater was nominated for the Laureus World Team of the Year award, as a member of the 2008 Jamaica Olympic Sprint Team.[51][52] Two days later Frater ran a leg of the 4 × 100 m at the UTech Track and Field Classic at the National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica. The teams winning 38.46 clocking was a new meet record.[53][54] Frater also ran the 200 m at the event, finishing fourth in 20.96[55]

Frater next competed at the Penn Relays on 25 April. He ran the second leg of the 4 × 100 m relay. Asafa Powell on the fourth leg pulled up and finished ninth in 41.24[56] A report in the Jamaica Observer on the morning of the event indicated that Powell had injured his ankle in training and was not expected to run.[57]

At the Guadeloupe International Invitational On 1 May, Frater placed third in the 100 m in 10.39[58] On 8 May he finished second in 10.15 at the Qatar Athletic Super Grand Prix.[59] He finished eighth at the Reebok Grand Prix held in New York at Icahn Stadium on 30 May.[60] At the Prefontaine Classic eight days later he finished sixth.[61]

Frater showed a spectacular return to form at the Jamaica National Trials, finishing third in the 100 m in 10.02 (−0.2 m/s wind), qualifying for the World Championships in Berlin.[62]


In a surprise upset at the National Championships, Frater was beaten into second place in the 100 m final.

Following the National Championships Frater did not compete in the IAAF Diamond League events.


A Gleaner newspaper report revealed that Frater had suffered a ruptured knee ligament in 2010.[63]


As part of the Jamaican 4 × 100 metres relay team, setting the world record and Olympic record on 11 August 2012, at the 2012 London Olympics. Frater ran the second leg, and his split was timed at 8.9 seconds, only surpassed that night by Usain Bolt's 8.8 seconds on the anchor leg.

Accomplishments and major competition results[edit]

Personal bests[edit]

Event Time (seconds) Venue Date
60 metres 6.64[64] Ames, Iowa, United States 1 March 2002
100 metres 9.88[65] Lausanne, Switzerland 30 June 2011
200 metres 20.63[66] Louisville, United States 9 May 2002

Competition record[edit]

100 metres[edit]

Event Result (Pos) City Date
1997 CARIFTA Games 1st Final Bridgetown , 1997
1998 CARIFTA Games 3rd Final Port of Spain , 1998
2000 IAAF World Junior Championships 5th Final Santiago de Chile 18 October 2000
2003 Pan American Games 1st Final Santo Domingo 6 August 2003
2004 Olympic Games 6th Semi-Final Athens 22 August 2004
2005 IAAF World Championships 2nd Final Helsinki 7 August 2005
2005 IAAF World Athletics Final D.N.S. Final Monaco 10 September 2005
2006 Commonwealth Games DQ Semi-Final Melbourne 25 March 2006
2007 IAAF World Athletics Final 3rd Final Stuttgart 22 September 2007
2008 Olympic Games 6th Final Beijing 16 August 2008
2008 IAAF World Athletics Final 3rd Final Stuttgart 13 September 2008
2009 World Championships 5th Semi-Final Berlin 16 August 2009
2009 IAAF World Athletics Final 2nd Final Thesaloniki 12 September 2009

4×100 metres relay[edit]

Event Result City Date
1998 CARIFTA Games 2nd Final Port of Spain , 1998
1999 Pan American Junior Games 2nd Final Tampa 11 July 1999
1999 World Youth Championships 1st Final Bydgoszcz 17 July 1999
2002 Commonwealth Games 2nd Final Manchester 31 July 2002
2003 Pan American Games 3rd Final Santo Domingo 6 August 2003
2003 World Championships DQ Final Paris 31 August 2003
2004 Olympic Games 4th Semi-Final Athens 22 August 2004
2005 World Championships 4th Final Helsinki 13 August 2005
2006 Commonwealth Games 1st Final Melbourne 25 March 2006
2008 Olympic Games 1st Final Beijing 22 August 2008
2009 World Championships 1st Final Berlin 22 August 2009 Championship Record
2012 Olympic Games 1st Final London 11 August 2012 World Record Olympic Record

Time progression in the 100 m[edit]


  1. ^ Frater, little but tallawah. Sports Jamaica (2005-08-17). Retrieved on 2009-03-17.
  2. ^ Frogs in the Olympics. Texas Christian University (2008-08-04). Retrieved on 2009-03-17.
  3. ^ 1999 ISSA Champs results
  4. ^ a b CARIFTA Games Under 17 list
  5. ^ 1999 Pan American Junior Championship results
  6. ^ 4x100 m relay 99 World Youth Championships
  7. ^ World Youth (Under 18 Best Performance
  8. ^ 2000 Jamaica National Junior Championships
  9. ^ Michael Frater – Training for greatness
  10. ^ 100 m final IAAF WJC 2000
  11. ^ 4x100 m final IAAF WJC 2000
  12. ^ 100 m 2002 Conference USA Outdoor Championships
  13. ^ a b c 2003 Conference USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships start list
  14. ^ 2002 Conference USA Outdoor Championships
  15. ^ 200 m 2002 Conference USA Outdoor Championships
  16. ^ 4x100 m 2002 Conference USA Outdoor Championships
  17. ^ 2002 NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships Saturday results
  18. ^ 2002 Commonwealth Games results
  19. ^ 2003 Conference USA Indoor Championships
  20. ^ TCU's Frater and Edwards Earn All-America Honors
  21. ^ Day 2 results, 2003 Pan American Games
  22. ^ PAN AMERICAN GAMES; Sprinter Tests Positive, Costing U.S. Two Golds
  23. ^ Grimes fails doping test
  24. ^ 100 m quarter final results 2003 World Championships
  25. ^ 4x100 m semi final 2003 World Championships
  26. ^ 4x100 m relay final 2003 World Championships
  27. ^ 100 m 2004 Conference USA Outdoor Championships
  28. ^ TCU's Frater Misses Gold By .008 Seconds
  29. ^ NCAA Division I outdoor Championships
  30. ^ 4x100 m relay 2003 NCAA Division 1 Championships
  31. ^ Athens 100 m semi-final results
  32. ^ 4x100 m heat results Athens Olympics
  33. ^ 100 m result Meeting de Madrid 2005
  34. ^ 100 m final 2005 World Championships
  35. ^ Gatlin Loses Fight, Receives 4-Year Doping Ban
  36. ^ 4x100 m relay final 2005 World Championships
  37. ^ 100 m result 2005 World Athletics Final
  38. ^ a b 100 m semifinal 2 2000 Commonwealth Games
  39. ^ 4x100 m relay result 2006 Commonwealth Games
  40. ^ Frater pulls out of meet
  41. ^ 2006 JAAA National Championships
  42. ^ National Champions 100 m
  43. ^ 100 m results Jamaica International Invitational 2007
  44. ^ Six men below 10-seconds in windy Zaragoza
  45. ^ 100 m result 2007 World Athletics Final
  46. ^ 100 m result 2008 World Athletics Final
  47. ^ 2008 Shanghai Golden Grand Prix 100 m result
  48. ^ Welcoming home our Olympians
  49. ^ World-leading 38.72 for MVP at Western Relays
  50. ^ Boyd Anderson to induct Frater into ring of honor
  51. ^ 2009 Laurens nominees
  52. ^ Nominee 2009 – Laureus World Team of the Year
  53. ^ MVP shine in 4x100m
  54. ^ UTECH Track & Field Classic Men 4x100 Meter Relay College&Inv result
  55. ^ UTECH Track & Field Classic Men 200 Meter Dash College&Inv
  56. ^ 2009 Penn Relays Results Men 4x100
  57. ^ Asafa drops out! 'Injured' sprinter shuns relay, could run 100m at Penns today
  58. ^ 2009 Results Guadeloupe International Invitational
  59. ^ 100 m result Qatar Athletic Super Grand Prix
  60. ^ 100 m results 2009 Reebok Grand Prix
  61. ^ 2009 Prefontaine Classic results
  62. ^ Foster, Anthony (2009-06-28). Bolt 9.86 and Fraser 10.88; Walker and Phillips excel over hurdles – JAM Champs , Day 2. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-06-28.
  63. ^ Staying healthy key for stronger 'Frater' this year
  64. ^ Jamaica indoor list , 2002
  65. ^ http://www.iaaf.org/competitions/dlm/eventcode=4735/sex=M/discCode=100/result.html#M100
  66. ^ Jamaica outdoor 200 m list, 2002

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