Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce facts for kids
Fraser-Pryce in 2014
|Born||27 December 1986
|Sport||Track and field|
|Club||MVP Track & Field Club|
|Achievements and titles|
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, OD (née Fraser, born 27 December 1986) is a Jamaican track and field sprinter. Born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, Fraser-Pryce ascended to prominence in 2008 when at 21 years old, the relatively unknown athlete became the first Caribbean woman to win 100 m gold at the Olympics. In 2012, she successfully defended her title, becoming the third woman to win two consecutive 100 m gold medals at the Olympics. Fraser-Pryce took a break from athletics in 2017 to have her first child. At the 2019 World Championships, at the age of 32, she became the oldest woman and second mother in history to win 100 m gold at a global championship.
Fraser-Pryce is the only sprinter, male or female, to be crowned world champion over 100 m four times (2009, 2013, 2015 and 2019). Since 2008, she has won four of the five world 100 m titles she has contested, as well as two of the last three Olympic 100 m titles. She is the second female sprinter to hold world and Olympic 100 m titles simultaneously—and the first woman to hold dual titles on two separate occasions. In 2013 she became the first female sprinter to win gold medals in the 100 m, 200 m and 4 × 100 m in a single World Championship, and also became the first woman to hold world titles at 60 m, 100 m, 200 m and 4 × 100 m relay simultaneously.
With over a decade of dominance in the sport, Fraser-Pryce has won more global 100 m titles than any other female sprinter in history. Nicknamed the "Pocket Rocket" for her petite frame (she stands 5 feet tall) and explosive block 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. Due to her achievements and consistency, many publications and sports analysts, including former Olympian Michael Johnson, refer to Fraser-Pryce as the greatest female sprinter of all time. World Athletics calls her “the greatest female sprinter of her generation".
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