The other sprint champion from Jamaica
In a sporting sense, Jamaica is the home of Usain Bolt – the world’s fastest man ever. Previous record holder, Asafa Powell, is also a Jamaican along with the youngest 100m world champion ever, Yohan Blake. Speed merchants like these, especially Bolt, have completely overshadowed compatriot Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who is the world’s fastest woman currently. When talking of Jamaica’s speed merchants, it is absolutely impossible to leave out Shelly-Ann and her awesome achievements:
Three-time World Champion
Shelly-Ann has won the 100m World Championships gold three times – 2009, 2013 and 2015 -making her the only woman in history to ever do so.
Holder Of Olympic And World titles
She is only the second woman after the legendary Gail Devers to hold the 100m Olympic and World titles simultaneously.
Perfect 2013 World Championships
Fraser-Pryce had a flawless World Championships in 2013 when she became the first female sprinter to win the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay golds in a single edition.
First Caribbean Woman To Win 100m Olympic Gold
In 2008, the then 21-year old and a relative unknown quantity, Shelly-Ann exploded to the world stage by becoming the first woman from Jamaica, as well as the Caribbean islands on the whole, to win the 100m Olympic gold.
Jamaica’s ‘Golden Girl’
The ‘Pocket Rocket’, as she is known for her 5’0” frame and brilliant explosive starts, has two Olympic golds, a whopping seven golds in the World Championships and a gold at the 2014 World Indoor Championships too.