Shelly Ann Fraser Pryce: From Running Barefoot and Poor Background to Becoming Greatest Sprinter Ever

Shelly Ann Fraser Pryce: From Running Barefoot and Poor Background to Becoming Greatest Sprinter Ever

  • Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce became the first person to win five World titles after she stormed to victory in the 100 metres race at the World Athletics Championships
  • The mother of one has continued to defy odds to stamp her authority as the greatest sprinter ever, male or female
  • Her time in Oregon of 10.67 seconds was a Championship record as she successfully retained a title she won in 2019

That Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce will go down in history as one of the greatest sprinters ever, male or female, is no longer in question.

The only thing she hasn't been able to do in the women's 100 metres is to break the long-standing record of Florence Griffith-Joyner, which was set in 1988. Flo-Jo used a whopping 10.49 seconds in a 100-metre dash at the U.S Olympic trials, and no one has broken that record more than three decades later. Some will argue it was massively wind-assisted though.

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But Fraser-Pryce has gone ahead to write her own history. Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Britannica reports that she grew up in a violence-plagued environment and was raised by a single mother, Maxine Simpson. She started running barefoot while in primary school at the tender age of 10.

Known for her bold hairstyles, Fraser-Pryce became the first woman to win five titles in an individual discipline after she won the 100 metres race at the World Athletics Championships in Oregon, USA.

She led a Jamaican clean sweep as Shericka Jackson and Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah claimed silver and bronze, respectively. Fraser-Pryce set a Championship record with a time of 10.67 seconds.

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Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Team Jamaica celebrates after winning gold in the Women's 100m Final. Photo by Christian Petersen.
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The 35-year-old mother of one has won every 100 metres race at the World Championships since 2009, save for 2011 and 2017. In 2017, she underwent a C-section to give birth to her son Zyon, and there were fears that she couldn't get back to optimum levels.

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But she has since won two gold medals and a silver at the Tokyo Olympics, bringing her medal tally to 25 plus. Dubbed the nickname, ''Pocket Rocket,'' by a journalist, her time in Oregon was the fastest at 35 years of age. And with no imminent plans to retire, she will definitely be chasing another Olympic medal at the Paris Games in 2024.

Usain Bolt takes time to remind the world that his record is still unbroken

Sticking with the greatest ever category, Sports Brief had earlier reported that Usain Bolt took to his Twitter account to remind the world that he is still the greatest sprinter the world has ever seen.

A USA Track and Field Magazine FloTrack had pipped Fred Kerley to break Usain Bolt's long-standing record in the 100 metres races.

Kerley is part of the new generation of sprinters that have taken over since Bolt left the scene. Kerley stormed to victory in the finals of the World Athletics Championships in Oregon with a time of 9.86 seconds.