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Sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce becomes sixth woman to carry Jamaica’s flag at Olympics opening ceremony

FLAG BEARER: Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce

FLAG BEARER: Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce

SHELLY-ANN Fraser-Pryce became the sixth woman to carry Jamaica’s flag at the opening ceremony of the Summer Olympics on August 5.

The sprinter, dubbed ‘Pocket Rocket’, is one of Jamaica’s most decorated athletes in history, will be defending her 100 metres title here, after her wins at the 2008 and 2012 Games in Beijing and London, respectively.

She is looking to become the first athlete in history to win three successive Olympic gold medals in the 100m.

The 29-year-old shocked the world in 2008 when she won gold before repeating the feat four years later in the British capital.

She is one of three women to have ever won two Olympic gold medals in the 100m after USA’s Wyomia Tyus, who won gold in 1964, and 1968 and Gail Devers, who matched this feat at the 1992 and 1996 Games.

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