In a decade and a half, This woman has given us so many wonderful performances, and now at the age of 35, She is still capturing global attention with top-notch performances. So on the basis of longevity and consistency, She once again proved to us that she is indeed one of the greatest sprinters to ever grace this planet male or female.
Shelly and fraser price achieved her worldwide success during the late 2000s and 2010s. Helping to elevate jamaican athletics on the international scene an eight-time olympic medalist. She rose to prominence at the 2008 beijing olympics becoming the first caribbean woman to win gold in the 100 meter at the world athletics championships. Fraser pryce is one of the most decorated athletes in history winning 10 gold, including one indoor title and two silver medals. She is the only person to win five world titles in the 100 meters in 2009, 2013, 2015, 2019 & 2022.
Shelly Ann was born in the inner city community of Waterhouse in Kingston and was raised with her two brothers by her mother a former athlete who worked as a street vendor. Her talent was noted at a very early age, but she was uncertain about pursuing a career in track and field. However, she was active on the youth athletic scene competing in the famous enter secondary school’s boys and girls championships and winning bronze at age 16. At the 2005 carifta games in Trinidad and Tobago, she won bronze in the 100 meters in 11.73 and earned a gold medal as part of the 4*100 meter relay team.
In 2006 Fraser price started attending the university of technology jamaica. Where she is recruited by steven francis. At the time francis had guided the career of former 100-meter world record holder asapha Powell despite her unquestionable talent and encouragement from peers and coaches. Young shelly ann was unfocused as a young athlete she admitted to being lazy always late for practice and would not complete her workouts for a fear that she would become too muscular.
Fraser pryce began to achieve success on the senior national and international stages in 2007 at age 20 she was fifth in the 100 meters at the Jamaican national senior championships in june setting a new personal best of 11.31. At the world championships in september fraser pryce ran only the relay heats helping her team play second. She eventually earned a silver medal when the jamaican team finished behind the united states in the 4 by 100-meter relay final.
Fraser pryce’s breakthrough in 2008 was sudden and unexpected at the jamaican olympic trials in june she was a surprise second place finisher in the hotly contested 100 meter final hosting her first ever sub 11 race at 10.85, With fraser pryce barely known among the local athletic scene many considered her too inexperienced for the olympics and petitioned the jamaican athletics administrative association to have her swapped in favor of Campbell brown.
However, the JAAA upheld its rule permitting only the top three finishers on the team. At the 2008 beijing olympics, fraser price faced off against the american trio of tory edwards and lauren williams winning her heat quarterfinal and semi-final. In the 100 meter final fraser pryce led the way to a jamaican sweep of the medals followed by sharon simpson and karen stewart who both posted 10.98 for silver as no bronze was awarded. Her winning time of 10.78 also made headlines, not only was it an improvement of 0.53 seconds from her previous season’s best. But it was also the second fastest in olympic history at the time, behind florence griffith joyner’s 1988 with Olympic record.
The following year fraser pryce proved that she was no one time wonder by capturing 100-meter gold at the 2009 berlin world championships despite going through appendix surgery a couple of months before. In the final she made a flying start and held off a late challenge from stewards to win her first world title and 10.73. Frasier pryce's winning time made her the joint third fastest woman in history at the time and shaved 100th of a second for marlene audy's jamaican record, With the victory she also joined american gail devers as the only woman to win consecutive olympic and world titles in the 100 meter.
Six Month Suspension
The next season in 2010 brought many controversies after Fraser Pryce received a six-month suspension from athletics after a urine sample taken during the shanghai diamond league tested positive for oxycodone. Fraser price insisted that her positive result was due to medication her coach recommended for a toothache and that she neglected to properly declare.
She resumed competition in january 2011 and her track results from 2010 were nullified. She started the 2011 season pretty late because of a calf injury and wasn’t in her best shape going into the daegu world championships.
Legacy and Achievements
- In the world 100-meter final she started quickly but could not maintain the lead, Finishing fourth and 10.99 and missing the podium by 0.01 seconds. Fraser pryce later ran the lead leg on jamaica’s 4 by 100-meter relay team, Earning silver behind the united states in a new national record of 41.70. The 2011 event held in daegu remains fraser pryce’s only appearance at a world championship final where she did not win 100-meter gold.
- Despite a slow start the 2012 season proved to be one of the most successful for the jamaican, At the olympics in london she progressed to the final as the second fastest qualifier behind carmelina jeter. In the 100-meter final, Fraser Pryce was the quickest from the blocks with jeter in close pursuit and she ultimately lead in at the finish line for a narrow victory to defend her title.
- Her time of 10.75 was the second fastest in olympic history at the time, While the race itself was the fastest olympic 100 meter final placing six women under 11 seconds. In 2013 fraser pryce continued to show her consistency when she became the first woman to sweep the 100 meters, 200 meters, and 4 by 100 meters at a siegel world championship.
- Her achievements were matched by usain bolt in the men’s events, Giving jamaica a clean sweep of the sprinting gold medals at the championships. In the 200 meter final fraser price’s eagerly awaited showdown with three-time world champion and reigning olympic champion allyson felix failed to materialize. As the american fell to the track early in the race with a hamstring injury. Fraser pryce led from the start claiming her first global title in this event in 22.17.
She won six diamond league races throughout the 2013 season registered the three fastest 100 meter times in 2013 and the two fastest in the 200m race. In 2014 she participated in the world indoor championships in sport becoming the first woman in history to hold world titles in the 60 meter, 100 meter, 200 meter and 4 by 100 meter at the same time. In 2015 fraser pryce decided not to defend her 200 meter title at the beijing world championships, Often instead to focus on the 100 meter for the season. At the world championships in august in the 100 meter final, She sped to a record third world title and 10.76 adding to her triumphs in berlin in 2009 and moscow in 2013.
Her victory at the beijing national stadium where she won her maiden olympic gold in 2008 was also her fifth 100 meter title from the past six global championships. Days after her historic win, fraser price anchored the woman’s four by 100 meter relay team consisting of veronica campbell brown natasha morrison and newcomer elaine thompson to gold. Their 41.07 was the second fastest time in history.
Shelly-Ann vs Elaine Thompson
In the weeks before the 2016 rio olympics fraser pryce struggled to reach form clocking 11.25 in italy and 11.06 at the london grand prix. Meanwhile her training partner elaine thompson emerged as a top contender for olympic gold. In july thompson ran a world-leading 10.70 to defeat fraser price at the Jamaican olympic trials.
At the olympics in rio fraser price ran a new season’s best of 10.88 to win her semi-final, qualifying as joint fastest for the final with thompson. However, she was invisible discomfort after her semi-final. In the 100-meter final she had a quick start and battled to the finish line in a season’s best winning bronze. Thompson secured jamaica’s third successive 100-meter olympic gold and 10.71. While tory bowie earned silver in 10.83, closing out the olympics she collected a silver medal as part of the women’s 4×100 meter relay team, in a season’s best 41.36.
In early 2017 fraser price announced that she was pregnant and would not be defending her title at the 2017 world championships in london. She went into labor while watching the world 100 meter final that year and gave birth to her son zion the next day. Fraser price returned to the track in may 2018, Nine months after giving birth winning the 100 meter at the kingston all-comers meeting in 11.52.
She Became Brand - Pocket Rocket
Now self-branded the mommy rocket fraser pryce took a more relaxed approach to her training stating that motherhood not only changed her perspective but had given her newfound motivation to compete. In july 2018 on her ninth race since returning to competition she finally broke 11 seconds clocking 10.98 to win at the london grand prix. At the jamaican championships in june she again finished second to elaine thompson in both the 100 meter and the 200m. The 100 meter final ended with both sprinters sharing the world-leading time of 10.73, and thompson declared the winner in a photo finish. It was the first race in history in which two women finished inside 10.75. Fraser pryce’s 10.73 in this race also became the fastest non-winning time in history.
At the game world championships in doha fraser pryce cruised to 10.80 in the 100 meter heats. The fastest first-round time in world championships history. In the 100-meter final she outpaced the field from the start, Powering away to her fourth title in a world-leading 10.71 for her fastest time since 2013. Thompson finished fourth in 10.93 and it was the first time fraser pryce had defeated thompson in their six career matchups. With this achievement fraser price became the oldest woman ever and the first mother sends gwen torrance of the 1995 world championchips to claim a hundred meter world title, calling it a victory for motherhood.
She opened her 2021 season in late may at the moeller grand prix gateshead, posting 11.51 for fourth place in bad weather conditions. On june 5th 2021 she ran a new personal best, a new world lead and a new jamaican record of 10.63 at the JAAA olympic destiny series meet in kingston. Becoming at the time the second fastest woman of all time. At the tokyo olympics, Fraser price finished second behind defending champion thompson, In the highly anticipated 100 meter final running 10.74 to collect your fourth individual olympic medal in the event. Further on in the season fraser price went on to lower her personal best to 10.60 seconds, showing quite well she is in the shape of her life.
But now the whole world is shocked, Because shelly ann fraser price has just won the 100m title, At the 2022 championships in oregon with a blistering time of 10.67 seconds. The time which equals her season’s best now stands as the fastest in the championship’s history and was enough to hold off sherica jackson and elaine Thompson who helped in completing a sweep for jamaica. This stops off a second consecutive sweep over 100 meters for these three ladies and now they stand a top female sprinting a dominant force that has never been seen in sprinting.
The 100 meters win is now her fifth world title over the 100 meters which along with her success at the olympics makes it even more clear that she is the undisputed goat for female sprinting. She now has run under 10.7 more than anyone else, even more than flo joe and elaine thompson with her five sub 10.7 clockings. This hit is what happens when focus is placed on efficiency and even though elaine is not at her best, she would have had her to be on her game to defeat fraser price.
It’s been over a decade of scintillating running from the jamaican icon. She is so good she is now unquestionably the greatest female sprinter of all time. Her accomplishments are unmatched and for those who manage to follow her career though they are lucky to have witnessed the greatest of all time
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