Michael Frater

MichealFrater_mugCountry: Jamaica
DOB: 10/6/1982
Club: Racers
Events: 100m
Height: 5 ft 7 in
Weight: 150 lb
Personal Best(s): 100m – 9.88 (Lausanne, 2011)

A graduate of Texas Christian University in the US, this sprinter predominantly runs the backstretch when doing relay duties. His rapid stride-turnover and ability to hit top speed while taking the baton make him an awesome force on the straightaway.

One of two brothers who ran for their alma mater at the same time, Frater won a silver medal in the men’s 100m at the IAAF World Championships in Helsinki, Finland in 2005, but has not managed to cop another individual medal at that level. Although he has often been counted out of making Olympic or World teams, he has always used his detractors’ words as motivation. Not only has he booked his place to the Olympics and World Championships and reached the 100m finals, he has run stunning second legs also on Jamaica’s two 4×1 world record squads that mined gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2011 Daegu Worlds.

The 28-yr-old sprint rocket – so dubbed because of his 5’7″ statue – with a superb PB of 9.87s, said he has accomplished what most sprinters have only dreamed of, and that the years have not dampened his enthusiasm for competition. “By no means do I think my career is ending or that I cannot accomplish a lot more,” Frater told the media in 2012. In March this year, he was named brand ambassadors for Lifespan Spring Water.

Off track, Frater is a die-hearted Miami Heat and Chelsea fan, who has seen both teams in action a number of times. In another sporting discipline, he’s a fan of drag racing, which he says provides a rush, and is a quiet competitor on the Jamaican circuit with a few wins under his belt.

For relaxation, he likes to fish and has done so across the world, especially during off season. He once caught a 30-lb barracuda and was scared stiff, as he thought it was a shark.

Like several of Jamaica’s top athletes, Frater was born in the western parish of Trelawny. He grew up on a farm, and says it’s an amazing feeling to see plants and animals flourish. He finds farming therapeutic and has aspirations of making it career, supplying hotels and restaurants with local produce, fruits, and vegetables. However, he does not enjoy cooking, but sometimes  prepares his favorite meal of oxtail and rice and peas.

The seemingly quiet and reserved Frater says he has a very wild side, which takes the right person to bring it out. In the classroom, he graduated in the top two per cent of his class with a bachelor’s degree in political science.


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