Tuesday 15 October, 2019

Ten things to know about Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, of Jamaica, celebrates after winning the women's 100m final at the World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Nick Didlick).

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, of Jamaica, celebrates after winning the women's 100m final at the World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Nick Didlick).

Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce continues to rewrite the history books.

The diminutive sprinter who is nicknamed the ‘Pocket Rocket’, became the first woman to win the 100 metres at four World Championships when she turned back the challenge of a quality field in the 2019 edition inside the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar on Sunday.

Fraser-Pryce clocked a fast 10.71 seconds, putting some serious distance between her and the rest of the field. The other two Jamaicans in the final, Elaine Thompson and Joinelle Smith, finished outside the medals.

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, of Jamaica, wins the women's 100m dash at the World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Nick Didlick).

At 32-years-old, Fraser-Pryce continues to burn up the tracks,  eleven years after she first stormed onto the scene at the 2008 Beijing, Olympics, as an unknown 21-year-old. She would win gold at that Olympics and defended her title in London, four years later. She won a bronze medal at the 2016 Olympics, becoming the first woman to win medals in three Olympic 100-metre finals.

With Sunday’s win, Fraser-Pryce has won her first global medal as a mother; she gave birth to her son, Zyon, two years ago.

Below are 10 things to know about Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.

1.  Fraser-Pryce is a committed Christian who was named as Jamaica’s first UNICEF National Goodwill Ambassador in 2010.

2.  The former Wolmerian is married to Jason Pryce and the two welcomed their first child, a boy named Zyon, in August 2017.

3.   The most successful female sprinter in history is ranked fourth on the all-time list of the fastest women with a personal best of 10.70 seconds.

4.  So legendary are Fraser-Pryce’s achievements and consistency that Olympian and sports commentator Michael Johnson has referred to her as the “Greatest female sprinter of all time." The IAAF has also referred to her as "possibly the greatest female sprinter in history," following her win in the 100m at the 2015 World Championships.

5.  In 2014, Fraser-Pryce made her World Indoor Championships debut in Sopot, where she won the indoor 60m title in a time of 6.98. That made her the seventh fastest of all time at the distance.

6.   Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce was born in Kingston, Jamaica on December 27, 1986. She grew up in the deprived inner-city community of Waterhouse and attended George Headley Primary School before moving on to high school at Wolmer’s Girls.

7.  The Pocket-Rocket has been the recipient of numerous awards. She has won the JAAA Golden Cleats Award for female Athlete of the Year on four occasions: 2009, 2012, 2013 and 2015. She has also received the RJR National Sportswoman of the Year award three times, in 2012, 2013 and 2015.

8.  Fraser-Pryce was nominated for the Laureus World Sports Award for Sportswoman of the Year on four occasions: 2010, 2013, 2014 and 2016.

9.  In 2013, Fraser-Pryce was named IAAF World Athlete of the Year after an outstanding season, thus becoming the first Jamaican woman to win since the legendary Merlene Ottey in 1990.

10. Fraser-Pryce launched her own hair business, a hair salon named Chic Hair Ja, in 2013 and is known to run in some of the most colourful hairstyles of any athlete. She also created the Pocket Rocket Foundation, a scheme which supports high school athletes in difficult financial situations to get a proper education and keep on training.

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