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Jamaican sprint legend Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce to retire after Paris Olympics

Fraser-Pryce has won eight Olympic medals and 10 world championship titles throughout her 19-year career

Shelly-Anne Fraser-Pryce Photo by: Kevin Morris

One of the greatest female sprinters in the history of the sport will be hanging up her spikes after the 2024 Paris Olympics. Two-time Olympic 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica has amassed accolades throughout her renowned career. She has won eight Olympic medals and 17 world championship medals throughout her 19-year pro career.

In an interview with Essence.com, Fraser-Pryce said it was time for her to prioritize family in her decision to retire. “My son needs me. My husband and I have been together since before I won [gold] in 2008. He has sacrificed for me. We’re a partnership, a team. And it’s because of that support that I’m able to do the things that I have been doing for all these years.”

Shelly-Anne Fraser-Pryce
Shelly-Anne Fraser-Pryce in the women’s 100m at the 2022 World Athletics Championships in Eugene. Photo: Kevin Morris

Fraser-Pryce soared onto the scene at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, where she was crowned the fastest woman in the world, winning the women’s 100m. Four years later, she defended her Olympic 100m title in London and added a silver medal in the 200m. Fraser-Pryce was nicknamed the Pocket Rocket for her explosive starts and speed, and her small stature. Her personal best of 10.60 seconds makes her the third-fastest woman in history.

Fraser-Pryce’s career medal haul

Olympics

  • Three gold: 100m (2008, 2012), 4x100m relay (2020)
  • Four silver: 100m (2020), 200m (2012), 4x100m relay (2012, 2016)
  • One bronze: 100m (2016)

World Championships

  • 10 gold: 100m (2009, 2013, 2015, 2019, 2022), 200m (2013), 4x100m relay (2009, 2013, 2015, 2019)
  • Five silver: 200m (2022), 4x100m relay (2007, 2011, 2022, 2023)
  • One bronze: 100m (2023)

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In 2019, she became the oldest woman to win the 100m world championship title in Doha. She extended that record by winning again at 35 in Eugene in 2022–14 years after her first Olympic gold. 

Jamaica 4x100m relay team Eugene
Jamaica’s 4x100m relay team at the 2022 World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Ore. Photo: Kevin Morris

Fraser-Pryce added that this year’s Olympics in Paris is about showing people that you stop when you decide. “I want to finish on my own terms,” said the 37-year-old sprinter.

Despite preparing to leave the sport in the rear-view mirror, Fraser-Pryce will still be one of the favourites to win a medal in the women’s 100m in Paris. “There’s not a day I’m getting up to go practise and I’m like, ‘I’m over this,'” she said.

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