Update: Shelly-Ann Fraser wins in Berlin! – August 16, 2009
Yes, she did it again. when she won in Bejing, many said it was because she got a fast start. Well, tonight she won again in Berlin to silence her critics.
She has now left the world with absolutely no doubt that she is for real…and that she plans to be around for a long time to come.
When Fraser won the Olympic trials in Jamaica, I did not think anything of it.
Prior to that, I never heard of her! Out of nowhere she came and won, beating the likes of Veronica Campbell, Sherone Simpson, and Kerron Stewart…to the point where Campbell did not even qualify to run the 100m at the Olympics.
Personally, I was shocked! In my mind I said that she would not make the grade at the Olympics.
Boy, was I wrong! Not only did she make the grade, she blew away the field.
To this day, every time I look at the race, I wonder to myself, “where did she come from?”
As little as she is, “how was she able to turn over those little legs so fast?” Absolutely awesome!
Even in her celebration, she seemed so innocent and childlike…just like a little girl jumping around after accomplishing a feat she never thought possible.
I got to tell you, I felt ‘goose bumps’ for her. Tears came to my eyes. I was so happy for her.
That was the ‘upset’ of the century. Just the kind of story we all love to hear…the ‘underdog’ quietly working hard behind the scenes. Then shows up on the day of reckoning with a bang!
Go Shelly-ann! Enjoy the moment! …cause you are going to have to work your butt off to stay on top.
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Update: Shelly-Ann Fraser wins in Monaco on July 28, 2009, see it in the video below…