Editor’s Note: This piece was originally posted in 2013. It has been edited after Fraser-Pryce’s victory in the 2015 World Championships.
When it comes to the sport of athletics (OK, track and field), it is Usain Bolt’s world and we’re all just mere peasants being blown away by the speed that the 6-foot-4 Jamaican generate in 9 seconds.
As Bolt loudly and profoundly established himself as the G.O.A.T, his Jamaican teammate Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has created her own legacy silently underneath Bolt’s cyclonic sprints into icon status.
Here are the facts: Fraser-Pryce is back-to-back Olympic 100-meter champion (same as Usain), three-time World 100 champion (same as Usain) and has led the 400 relay to World Championship gold (same as Usain). It can’t go unnoticed however that the “knocks” are the four silver medals, three from relay.
It’s easy to argue that Fraser-Pryce’s silver medals contradict her greatness. But when it boils down to it, much like Bolt, when the stage is largest, in the sport’s premiere events, Fraser-Pryce don’t lose.
Fraser-Pryce may never get her due. Besides being in the shadow of her fellow countryman, America hasn’t embraced Fraser-Pryce as it has with Bolt because the U.S. have its own female stars (Allyson Felix and Sanya Richards-Ross to name two) and Fraser-Pryce is unassumingly fast. At 5’0″, she doesn’t wow you on the track (her personal best is 10.70 ran in Jamaica) but all she does is win and win consistently.
After the 100/200 double victory at the World Championships from Moscow, Fraser-Pryce became only the third woman to accomplish the feat. After her third 100 world title in Beijing, she became the only woman to do so. Fraser-Pryce has chiseled herself into track and field’s Mount Olympus as one of the sport’s all-time best sprinters.
You can follow Fraser-Pryce on twitter: https://twitter.com/realshellyannfp
|2 x Olympic Games Gold medallist (100M)|
|2 x Olympic Games Silver medallist|
|6 x World Championships Gold medallist (3 x 100M Gold medallist)|
|1 x World Championships Silver medallist|
|1 x World Athletics Final Gold medallist|
|1 x World Athletics Final Silver medallist|
|4 x Olympic Games finalist|
|6 x World Championships finalist|
|6 x Diamond League meeting winner|
2015 IAAF World Championships
2013 IAAF World Championships