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Shellly-Ann Fraser, OD (born December 27, 1986) is a Jamaican sprinter, who specializes in the 100 m. Born in Kingstonmarker, Jamaicamarker, Fraser is the reigning Olympic champion and World champion over 100 metres, clocking a time of 10.78 and 10.73 respectively. She is the only female sprinter to hold both World and Olympic 100m titles simultaneously, and is tied with Christine Arron as the fourth fastest woman in history over 100 metres. She attended the Wolmer's High School for Girls and represented her school in many athletic occasions.

2008 Beijing Olympics

Fraser, who trained for the Olympics with teammate Asafa Powell, became the first Jamaican woman in history to win an Olympic gold medal in the 100 metres sprint. In her first round heat, she placed first in a time of 11.35 to advance to the second round. She then improved her time to 11.06 seconds, finishing first in her heat. In the semifinals Fraser again finished in front, outsprinting Muna Lee and Lauryn Williams in 11.00 seconds.

In the final, Jamaican sprinters finished in the top three positions in the race, with a photographic tie for second place by Sherone Simpson and Kerron Stewart. (Both women were awarded silver medals; no bronze medal was awarded.) Fraser's time of 10.78 seconds was a personal best and 0.20 seconds faster than her Jamaican teammates. Fraser's Olympic time was the second-fastest 100 metres ever recorded by a Jamaican woman, a mere 0.04 seconds (1/25 of a second) shy of Merlene Ottey's 10.74 record.

Together with Sheri-Ann Brooks, Aleen Bailey and Veronica Campbell-Brown, Fraser also took part in the 4×100 meters relay. In its first round heat, Jamaica placed first in front of Russia, Germany and China. The Jamaica relay's time of 42.24 seconds was the first time overall out of sixteen participating nations. With this result, Jamaica qualified for the final, replacing Brooks and Bailey with Simpson and Stewart. Jamaica did not finish the race due to a mistake in the baton exchange.

2009 Berlin World Championships

Fraser took the 100 m Jamaican title in June 2009, winning with a world-leading time of 10.88 s against a strong headwind (-1.5 m/s). This made her the number one Jamaican qualifier for the 2009 World Championships.Fraser took full advantage, holding off a late surge (and personal best) from compatriot Kerron Stewart who had a slow start to win by two one-hundredths of a second in a time of 10.73. - the third fastest time in the event's history and the fastest time run by a Jamaican woman.Since then, American Carmelita Jeter ran 10.67 at the I.A.A.F World Athletics Final to hold the record as the third fastest woman ever behind Florence Griffiths and Marion Jones.


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