Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce Could Make History in Rio


Jamaican Track and Field Athlete Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce could make history at the Olympics.

The day before another well-known Jamaican Track and Field Athlete, Usain Bolt, attempts to do the same thing on the men’s side, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce could be the first athlete to ever win three straight Olympic sprint titles.  With the 2016 Rio Olympics right around the corner (the opening ceremony happening August 5th on NBC here in the US), everyone will be tuning in to see if history takes place.

In 2008, at the Beijing Olympics, Fraser-Pryce had become the first Jamaican woman to win an Olympic Gold in the 100 meter sprint.  She won with her personal best, finishing at 10.78 seconds, and was even 0.20 faster than her own teammates.  Her two teammates crossed the finish line right after her with a photographic tie.  They were both awarded silver, while Fraser-Pryce took the gold (watch the race here).

Then, in 2012, during the London Olympics, Fraser-Pryce won the 100 meter sprint again, beating her last time.  This time she finished the race with a time of 10.75 seconds, and that was the second-fastest Olympic 100 meter run ever preformed by a woman.  Collectively, it was the fastest women’s 100 meter run ever (watch that race right here).

This year, in Rio, she has a chance to take home a hat-trick of three gold medals in sprint, and her opportunity comes right before her counterpart has the chance to do the same.  “We’ve never spoken about it,” Fraser-Pryce said about Bolt. “I know what he wants and he knows what I want.” 

She has clearly proven herself capable of bringing home a third Olympic title, with her previous Olympic wins and her accomplishments in the various World Championships she has participated in, consistently making it to the top three and winning either the bronze, silver, or gold.  She has also won quite a few special awards such as Jamaica’s Golden Cleats Award for Female Athlete of the Year four times, and the RJR National Sportswoman of The Year Award twice.

Will you be watching the 100 meter sprint?  Will you be hoping for Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce to win her third gold medal and make Olympic history?



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