Meet Shelly-Ann Fraser, a sprinter from Jamaica. See photos, video and a biography of Shelly-Ann below.
Shelly-Ann Fraser won gold in the 100 meter at the Beijing Olympics today, with a time of 10.78. She, along with fellow Jamaican teammates Sherone Simpson and Kerron Stewart, marked the first time in Olympic history that a country swept the gold, silver and bronze medals in the 100.
The race was marred by a U.S. protest, where they claimed that Torri Edwards had false started. The appeal was later denied.
As a biography, Shelly-Ann Fraser was born on December 27, 1986 in Kingston, Jamaica. She is 21 years old. Her mother, Maxine Simpson, was a runner as well. Shelly-Ann attended George Headley Primary School, where she first tried her hand at track & field. She would run barefooted, winning a medal for coming in second place in the 100m. She went on to Wolmer’s Girls’ School and credits her high school coach, Michael Carr, for who she is now. Shelly-Ann’s first international medal was at the 2005 Carifta Games in Trinidad & Tobago, where she took the bronze medal in the 100m in 11.73 seconds.
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