The Museum of World Athletics has received the singlet that Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce wore during her winning 100-meter run at the World Athletics Championships Oregon22, Museum of World Athletics (MOWA). (MOWA). Fraser-Pryce gave Sebastian Coe, the head of World Athletics, the singlet during a ceremony on Friday (22), the ninth evening of competition.
I’m particularly thrilled to join two other Jamaicans (Usain Bolt and Veronica Campbell-Brown) whose memorabilia is in the museum, said Fraser-Pryce when presenting the singlet, on which she has signed herself as the “mother rocket.” I want my legacy to encourage other women to have confidence in themselves and to pursue their goals with tenacity.
“As a now five-time world 100m champion, I’m happy to share this moment in history for me and so many others with the Museum of World Athletics, where champions live on forever.”
Coe, upon receiving Fraser-Pryce’s singlet, said: “I am delighted to accept the generous donation of the Oregon22 singlet from 10-time world and three-time Olympic gold medallist Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce in Hayward Field. These championships have already seen her win her fifth world 100m title, and yesterday the 200m silver.
“The World Athletics Heritage Collection and the Museum of World Athletics (MOWA) are honoured to receive this item, which represents the illustrious career of one of the all-time greats of sprinting. We thank Shelly-Ann for her support of our Heritage programme, which celebrates and honours our sport’s history – a history which she is now indelibly a part of.”
Fraser-Pryce became a five-time World Championships gold medallist in the 100m on day three of this year’s championships, then earned a silver medal in the 200m on day seven. In four Olympic Games, the diminutive sprinter has also collected two golds, a silver and a bronze in the 100m and 200m. For the high level of her performances and the length of her career, Fraser-Pryce is widely proclaimed the women’s 100m ‘GOAT’ – the greatest of all time.
As a student at Wolmer’s High School for Girls, she won the 17-and-under 100m at ‘Champs’, the Jamaican High School Championships, in 2004. The next two years she finished second and fourth in the 19-and-under 100m, before enrolling at UTech, the University of Technology in Kingston, where she met UTech and MVP coach Stephen Francis.
As a first-year university student in 2007, Fraser-Pryce finished fifth in the Jamaican Championships, and was selected for the national relay team, earning a silver medal in the 4x100m at the World Championships in Osaka, Japan. From then on, Fraser-Pryce was on a rocket to greatness.
In 2008, she broke 11 seconds for the first time in the 100m when she finished second at her national championships, then won the first of her global titles with her victory at the Beijing Olympic Games.
Fraser-Pryce won her first World Championships 100m in 2009 and ran second leg on Jamaica’s victorious 4x100m team, the first of four such titles she has won.