Shelly-ann Fraser

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce
Shelly-Ann Fraser, Moscow 2013
Personal information
Nationality  Jamaica
Born (1986-12-27) December 27, 1986 (age 27)
Kingston, Jamaica
Residence Kingston, Jamaica
Height 1.52 m (5 ft 0 in)[1]
Weight 52 kg (115 lb; 8.2 st)
Sport Running
Event(s) 100 m, 200 m
Club MVP Track & Field Club

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, OD (born December 27, 1986)[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 then 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). In 2013 she also became the first female sprinter to win gold medals in the 100 m, 200 m and 4x100 m in a single world championship. 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.[4][5]


2008 Beijing Olympics

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.[6] 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.[6]

2009 Berlin World Championships

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.[7] 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

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.[8]

Fraser-Pryce went on to take silver in the 200 m in a personal best time of 22.09 behind Allyson Felix.[9] She also earned a second silver medal in the 4×100 m relay.[10]

2013 Moscow World Championships

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.

Drug Ban

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 non-banned narcotic, Oxycodone.[11][12] She claimed to have been suffering from toothache, and her coach, Stephen Francis, persuaded her to take a painkiller he was taking for kidney stones. Fraser-Pryce said the painkiller contained the drug, but she was unaware of this. 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".

Special Awards

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.[13] 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.[13] 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.[13] 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.[13] 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.".[13]

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, the fastest women on earth, competed with Britain’s Jessica Ennis, for the Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year Award.[14] 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.[14] The awards ceremony was televised on March 11, 2013.[14] 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.[14]

Off the track

Fraser was named as the first UNICEF National Goodwill Ambassador for Jamaica on 22 February 2010.[15] 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).[16][17]

In January 2011 she married long-term boyfriend Jason Pryce, changing her name to Fraser-Pryce.[18] She is a committed Christian.[19]


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   (−1.4 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

Diamond League Wins

  • [2013 Diamond League winner ]]

100m and 200m

  • 2012 – New York (100 m), Zurich (100 m)
    • Won the 2012 Overall 100 m Diamond Race Title


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Preceded by
Veronica Campbell-Brown
Jamaica Sportswoman of the Year
Succeeded by
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