Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce

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Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce Moscow 2013 cropped.jpg
Shelly-Ann Fraser, Moscow 2013
Personal information
Nationality Jamaican
Born (1986-12-27) 27 December 1986 (age 28)
Kingston, Jamaica
Residence Kingston, Jamaica
Height 1.52 m (5 ft 0 in)[1]
Weight 52 kg (115 lb; 8.2 st)
Sport Track and field
Event(s) Sprint
Club MVP Track & Field Club

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, OD (born 27 December 1986; née Fraser)[2] is a Jamaican track and field sprinter. Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Fraser-Pryce ascended to prominence in the 2008 Olympic Games when at 21 years old, the relatively unknown athlete became the first Caribbean woman to win 100 m gold at the Olympics.[3] In 2012, she successfully defended her 100m title, becoming the third woman to win two consecutive 100m events at the Olympics.

Fraser-Pryce won the 100m gold medal in the 2009 IAAF World Championships, becoming the second female sprinter to hold both World and Olympic 100 m titles simultaneously (after Gail Devers). After winning the 2015 World title in 100m, she is the only female to be crowned world champion over 100m three times (2009, 2013, 2015). She is also the only female athlete to hold both titles on two separate occasions (2008 Olympic title and 2009 world title, and the 2012 Olympic and 2013 World title). In 2013 she became the first female sprinter to win gold medals in the 100 m, 200 m and 4x100 m in a single world championship. Fraser-Pryce is also the first woman ever to own the world titles at 60m, 100m and 200m simultaneously.[4]

Nicknamed the "Pocket Rocket" for her petite frame (she stands 5 feet tall) and explosive starts, she is ranked fourth on the list of the fastest 100 m female sprinters of all time, with a personal best of 10.70 seconds, set in Kingston, Jamaica in 2012.[5][6]


2008 Beijing Olympics[edit]

Fraser, who trained for the Olympics with teammate Asafa Powell, became the first Jamaican woman in history to win an Olympic gold medal in the 100 m sprint. In her first round heat, she placed first in a time of 11.35 to advance to the second round. She then improved her time to 11.06 seconds, finishing first in her heat. In the semifinals Fraser again finished in front, outsprinting Kerron Stewart and Muna Lee in 11.00 seconds.

In the final, Jamaican sprinters finished in the top three positions in the race, with a photographic tie for second place by Sherone Simpson and Kerron Stewart. (Both women were awarded silver medals; no bronze medal was awarded.) Fraser's time of 10.78 seconds was a personal best and 0.20 seconds faster than her Jamaican teammates.[7] Fraser's Olympic time was the second-fastest 100 m ever recorded by a Jamaican woman, a mere 0.04 seconds (1/25 of a second) shy of Merlene Ottey's 10.74 record.[2]

Together with Sheri-Ann Brooks, Aleen Bailey and Veronica Campbell-Brown, Fraser also took part in the 4 x 100 m relay. In its first round heat, Jamaica placed first in front of Russia, Germany and China. The Jamaica relay's time of 42.24 seconds was the first time overall out of sixteen participating nations. With this result, Jamaica qualified for the final, replacing Brooks and Bailey with Simpson and Stewart. Jamaica did not finish the race due to a mistake in the baton exchange.[7]

2009 Berlin World Championships[edit]

Fraser (right) celebrating victory in Berlin with Kerron Stewart

Fraser took the 100 m Jamaican title in June 2009, winning with a world-leading time of 10.88 s against a strong headwind (−1.5 m/s). This made her the number one Jamaican qualifier for the 2009 World Championships.[8] Fraser took full advantage, holding off a late surge (and personal best) from compatriot Kerron Stewart, who had a slow start, to win by two one-hundredths of a second in a time of 10.73. – the fourth fastest time in the event's history and a Jamaican national record.

She later ran the second leg on the Jamaican 4x 100 m relay team. Fraser ran an outstanding back-straight, outrunning athletes like Chandra Sturrup of the Bahamas, Anne Mollinger of Germany and Kelly-Ann Baptiste of Trinidad and Tobago, with a successful change over to Aleen Bailey. The Jamaican team eventually claimed the gold medal in a time of 42.06 with the Bahamas claiming silver and Germany claiming bronze.

2012 London Olympics[edit]

Leading into the 2012 London Olympic Games, Fraser-Pryce improved her national record in the 100 m to 10.70 at the Jamaican Olympic Trials. At the Games, Fraser-Pryce successfully defended her 100 m title, beating American Carmelita Jeter into second place in the final with a time of 10.75 seconds. Fellow Jamaican Veronica Campbell-Brown took bronze.[9]

Fraser-Pryce went on to take silver in the 200 m in a personal best time of 22.09 behind Allyson Felix.[10] She also earned a second silver medal in the 4×100 m relay.[11]

2013 Moscow World Championships[edit]

Fraser-Pryce won the 100 m race in a time of 10.71 which gave her the world lead. It was her second World Championship in that competition after having won the title in 2009. With teammate and title-defender Veronica Campbell-Brown absent because of a doping ban and main competitor Allyson Felix withdrawing halfway in the final race due to injury, Fraser-Pryce won the 200m title in a time of 22.17. It was her first major title over that distance. As the final runner of the 4 x 100 m relay team she won her third gold medal of the competition with teammates Carrie Russell, Kerron Stewart and Schillonie Calvert. Their time of 41.29 also set a new championship record.

Fraser-Pryce and fellow Jamaican athlete Usain Bolt swept the sprinting events for their respective genders at the meet, winning three gold medals each in the 100m, 200m, and 4 x 100m races.

2015 Beijing World Championships[edit]

Prior to the 2015 World Championships, Fraser-Pryce had the world-leading 100 m time of 10.74, set in Paris. She had also won the Jamaican trials in a time of 10.79. She won the World Championship 100 m final in a time of 10.76, defending her title and becoming the first woman in history to win three 100 m golds at the World Championships. Fraser-Pryce also anchored the Jamaican women's 4 x 100m team, consisting of Veronica Campbell-Brown, Natasha Morrison and Elaine Thompson, to gold in a new championship record time of 41.07. She had a dominant season, losing only once across 100 m throughout the entire year.


Fraser-Pryce served a six-month ban from athletics after a urine sample taken at the 2010 Shanghai Diamond League meeting was found to contain a banned narcotic, Oxycodone.[12][13] Oxycodone is a painkiller that is not considered to improve performance, nor does the WADA Code consider it a masking agent for other drugs.[14] Fraser-Pryce had been suffering from a toothache and her coach, Stephen Francis, persuaded her to take the painkiller he had previously taken for kidney stones. Fraser-Pryce complied but neglected to declare the medication on her doping control form, which she described as a clerical error. However, Fraser-Pryce has acknowledged responsibility for her actions; "I'm a professional athlete - one who's supposed to set examples - so whatever it is I put in my body it's up to me to take responsibility for it and I have done that".[15]

Special awards[edit]

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce first won the Golden Cleats Award for female Athlete of the Year in 2010. Fraser-Pryce was awarded because of her gold medal performance at the 2009 Berlin IAAF World Championships in the 100 meters and a gold medal in the 4 x 100 meter relay as well.[16] For Fraser-Pryce's outstanding accomplishments in last year's 2012 London Olympic Games, Fraser-Pryce won the Golden Cleats Award for female Athlete of the Year for the second time. The awards ceremony is sponsored by the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association in January 2013.[16] Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is the third woman in history to repeat as the 100 meter Olympic Champion from the 2008 Beijing Olympics and also the 2012 London Olympics.[16] As a result, she was awarded female Athlete of the Year in January 2013 for her gold medal performance at the 2012 London Olympic Games in the women's 100 meters, her silver medal performance in the 200 meters and helped the Jamaican 4 x 100 meter relay team win a silver medal.[16] In accepting her award, she exclaimed, "It was a long year, as it was my final year in college, but it was a very important year for me as I wanted to repeat my title and wanted to win. I have to give God thanks for everything that happened last year.".[16]

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, the fastest women on earth, competed with Britain’s Jessica Ennis, for the Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year Award.[17] The award recognizes sporting achievement during the year 2012.Especially recognizing successful performances at the 2012 London Olympic Games. The winners are determined by votes made up of 46 of the greatest sportsmen and sportswomen of all time.[17] The awards ceremony was televised on 11 March 2013.[17] Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce lost the award to Jessica Ennis, the gold medalist for the women’s heptathlon in London 2012, who also won the top honour, and the Laureus Sports Award.[17]

Off the track[edit]

Fraser was named as the first UNICEF National Goodwill Ambassador for Jamaica on 22 February 2010.[18] On 23 February 2010, she was named Grace Goodwill Ambassador for Peace for 2010 in a partnership with Grace Foods and not-for-profit Organisation PALS (Peace and Love in Society).[19][20]

In January 2011 she married long-term boyfriend Jason Pryce, changing her name to Fraser-Pryce.[21] She is a committed Christian.[22]


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Jamaica
2002 Central American and Caribbean
Junior Championships (U-17)
Bridgetown, Barbados 4th 200 m 25.24   (−1.0 m/s)
1st 4x100 m relay 45.33 CR
2005 CARIFTA Games (U-20) Bacolet, Trinidad and Tobago 3rd 100 m 11.73   (0.9 m/s)
1st 4x100 m relay 44.53
2007 World Championships Osaka, Japan 2nd 4 x 100 metres relay 42.70 SB (heat)
2008 Olympic Games Beijing, PR China 1st 100 metres 10.78   (0.0 m/s) PB
DNF 4 x 100 metres relay
2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany 1st 100 metres 10.73   (0.1 m/s) NR
1st 4 x 100 metres relay 42.06
2011 World Championships Daegu, Korea 4th 100 metres 10.99   (−1.4 m/s)
2nd 4 x 100 metres relay 41.70 NR
2012 Olympic Games London, Great Britain 1st 100 metres 10.75   (+1.5 m/s)
2nd 200 metres 22.09   (−0.2 m/s) PB
2nd 4 x 100 metres relay 41.41 NR
2013 World Championships Moscow, Russia 1st 100 metres 10.71   (−0.3 m/s) WL
1st 200 metres 22.17
1st 4 x 100 metres relay 41.29 CR
2014 World Indoor Championships Sopot, Poland 1st 60 m 6.98 PB
2015 World Championships Beijing, China 1st 100 m 10.76
1st 4 x 100 metres relay 41.07 CR

Personal bests[edit]

Type Event Time Date Place Notes
Outdoor 100 metres 10.70 29 June 2012 Kingston, Jamaica 4th of all time
200 metres 22.09 8 August 2012 London, United Kingdom
Indoor 60 metres 6.98 9 March 2014 Sopot, Poland 7th of all time
  • All information taken from IAAF profile.

Diamond League Titles[edit]


  1. ^ Medal Count - Olympic Results & Medalists | IOC. Retrieved on 2013-08-22.
  2. ^ a b Fraser Expects Great Results in 100 Metres, Jamaica Observer, 13. Aug. 2008
  3. ^ Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser wins Women's 100m Olympic gold
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Smiling Fraser just loves to make Jamaica happy". (2009-08-18). International Association of Athletics Federations. Retrieved 2009-08-18.
  6. ^ 2012 London Olympics - Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce wins 100-meter gold medal - ESPN Los Angeles. (2012-08-04). Retrieved on 2013-08-22.
  7. ^ a b Athlete biography: Shelly-Ann Fraser,, ret: 27 August 2008
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ BBC Sport - Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce retains Olympic 100m title. (2012-08-04). Retrieved on 2013-08-22.
  10. ^ BBC Sport - Allyson Felix wins 200m gold for United States at London 2012. (2012-08-08). Retrieved on 2013-08-22.
  11. ^ BBC Sport - London 2012 Olympics - Women's 4 x 100m Relay : Athletics. (2012-08-13). Retrieved on 2013-08-22.
  12. ^ BBC Sport - Athletics - Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser fails drugs test. BBC News (2010-07-09). Retrieved on 2013-08-22.
  13. ^ BBC Sport - Athletics - Six-month ban for sprint champion Shelly-Ann Fraser. BBC News (2010-10-06). Retrieved on 2013-08-22.
  14. ^ [1]. BBC News (2010-07-10). Retrieved on 2015-11-24.
  15. ^ [2]. BBC News (2011-05-02). Retrieved on 2015-11-24.
  16. ^ a b c d e Jones 2013
  17. ^ a b c d NDTV Sports 2013
  18. ^ Shelly-Ann Fraser named UNICEF ambassador. Track Alerts (2010-02-23). Retrieved on 2010-02-23.
  19. ^ Fraser named Goodwill Ambassador for Peace
  20. ^ Olympic star Fraser gives back to me she is a real Jamaican queen
  21. ^ Mann, Leon. (2011-05-02) BBC Sport - Fraser bids to bounce back. Retrieved on 2013-08-22.
  22. ^ Fraser-Pryce a 'church girl' - Lead Stories - Jamaica Gleaner - Tuesday | 14 August 2012. Jamaica Gleaner (2012-08-14). Retrieved on 2013-08-22.

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Preceded by
Veronica Campbell-Brown
Jamaica Sportswoman of the Year
2012, 2013
Succeeded by
Alia Atkinson
Preceded by
United States Allyson Felix
IAAF World Athlete of the Year
Succeeded by
New Zealand Valerie Adams