Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce will carry Jamaica’s flag during the Opening Ceremony at the 31st Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro which starts on Friday August 5.
Mike Fennell, President of the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) confirmed to the Jamaica Observer that Fraser-Pryce was named yesterday as Team Jamaica’s flag bearer.
She received the nod ahead of Usain Bolt who carried the Jamaican flag at the 2012 London Olympics.
Fraser-Pryce, 29, who will be participating in her third Olympics, is seeking an unprecedented third consecutive win in the 100m, having won in Beijing 2008 and London 2012.
She won the 100m gold medal in the 2009 IAAF World Championships, becoming the second female sprinter to hold both World and Olympic 100 m titles simultaneously (after Gail Devers). After winning the 2015 World title in 100m, she is the only female to be crowned world champion over 100m three times (2009, 2013, 2015).
She is also the only female athlete to hold both titles on two separate occasions (the 2008 Olympic and 2009 World titles, and the 2012 Olympic and 2013 World titles). In 2013 she became the first female sprinter to win gold medals in the 100m, 200m and 4 × 100 m in a single world championship. Fraser-Pryce was the first woman to own IAAF world titles at 60m, 100m, 200m and 4 × 100 m, and is the only woman ever to hold them all simultaneously.