Michael Frater O.D (born 6 October 1982) is a Jamaican sprinter who specialises in the 100 metres event. He won a silver medal at the 2005 World Championships and a gold medal at the 2003 Pan American Games for the event.
Frater at the 2010 Janusz Kusocinski Memorial
|Born||6 October 1982|
|Height||1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|Weight||67 kg (148 lb; 10.6 st)|
|Event(s)||100 metres, 200 metres|
|College team||TCU Horned Frogs|
|Club||Racers Track Club|
He has also been successful as part of the Jamaican 4 × 100 metres relay team, setting the world record and Olympic record at the 2012 London Olympics and 2008 Beijing Olympics. He also won gold in the relay at the 2006 Commonwealth Games and took silver in the 2002 edition.
Born on 6 October 1982, in Manchester, Jamaica, Michael Frater is the younger of two sons of Lyndell Frater, member of Jamaican Parliament, and Monica Frater. He attended the Ulster Spring primary school with brothers Lindel and Ricardo. His elder brother Lindel, was a sprinter who represented Jamaica at the 2000 Olympic Games. Frater stated that his brother was a major influence on his decision to become a track athlete.
Frater attended Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. He is a member of the MVP (Maximising Velocity and Power) Track & Field Club based at the University of Technology (U-Tech), Kingston, and is coached by Stephen Francis.
Representing Wolmer's Boys School, Frater set two records at the Inter-Secondary School Sports Association National Boys & Girls Athletic Championship held at the National Stadium, Kingston. On 22 March, he won the Class 3 100 metres in 11.10 and the Class 3 200 metres in 22.73.
Frater won gold at the CARIFTA Games, winning the Under-17 100 m in 11.07.
Eight days later Frater won a gold medal at the World Youth Championships. He ran the second leg on the 4 × 100 m relay, the team's winning time 40.03 setting a new World Youth (under 18) record.
Running for Boyd Anderson High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, he won the Florida state championship in the 100 m, and was selected as the Gatorade Outstanding High School Track Athlete for the state.
In October, Frater finished fifth in the 100 m at the IAAF World Junior Championships in a personal best 10.46 and again fifth when running the first leg of the 4 × 100 m relay in 40.07.
Frater won the 100 m at the Conference USA Outdoor Championships in 10.07. Although wind aided +2.1 m/s the time is credited as a meet record, with the "(w-a)" notation for wind assistance. In the preliminaries of the 200 m Frater ran a personal best 20.63 (wind +0.6 m/s). He won the 200 m at the same event, in 20.45 Again wind assisted (+3.0 m/s), the time is credited as a meet record, with the "(w-a)" notation for wind assistance. Frater collected his third win of the meet when TCU won the 4 × 100 m relay in 39.17, setting another meet record.
In July at the Commonwealth Games in Manchester Frater finished seventh in semi-final 1 of the 100 m event. He then ran the first leg of the Jamaican 4 × 100 m relay team that won a silver medal, the Jamaican team finishing with the same time as England, in 38.62 s.
Frater finished third in the 100 m at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships, earning all-American honors.
In early August at the Pan American Games, Frater finished second in the 100 m in 10.21 He ran the first leg of the 4 × 100 m relay; the Jamaican team finished fourth recording 39.08. Frater was awarded the gold medal for the 100 m and the bronze for the 4 × 100 m relay a week later when American Mickey Grimes tested positive for the stimulant ephedrine, resulting in the disqualification of Grimes and the US relay team.
Three weeks later at the World Championships in Paris, Frater was eliminated, running in the quarter finals of the 100 m heat immediately following Jon Drummond's on-track protest for disqualification, finishing sixth posting 10.25. He helped the 4 × 100 m relay team qualify second quickest for the final, running the third leg in the semi-final. In the final the baton exchange was not executed cleanly between Dwight Thomas and Frater, resulting in a DNF for the team.
On 12 June Frater finished second in 10.059 to Tyson Gay 10.051 at the NCAA Division 1 Outdoor Track & Field Championships at the University of Texas. As a member of the TCU relay team he finished fourth in the 4 × 100 m event.
Frater was knocked out in the first semi-final of the 100 m sprint at the 2004 Athens Olympics, finishing sixth in 10.29 into a −1.6 m/s headwind. He ran the anchor leg on the 4 × 100 m relay in the heats, but did not get the chance to run for a medal as the Jamaican team failed to qualify for the final, with a season best 38.71 fourth-place finish in their heat.
On 16 July Frater won the Meeting de Madrid IAAF Grand Prix event, recording 10.22 into a −0.7 m/s headwind.
In the 2005 World Championships, he won the silver medal in the 100 m with 10.05, finishing second to American Justin Gatlin, who was subsequently banned from competition in 2006 for four years after testing positive for testosterone or its precursor. The Jamaican 4 × 100 m relay team, anchored by Frater, failed to gain a medal in the final, finishing fourth by .001 to the Great Britain and Northern Ireland team.
Although he qualified for the 100 m at the 2005 World Athletics Final in Monaco, Frater did not start the race.
Frater was disqualified in the semi-finals of the 100 m sprint because of a false start at the Commonwealth Games in March. Patrick Johnson was charged with the first false start, which put the entire field under caution. Frater was removed from the field after the second false start, although he had a slower reaction, officially 0.146, to the gun than Jacey Harper in Lane 7. After a third false start Mark Lewis-Francis was also disqualified from the semi-final. Frater ran the first leg of the 4 × 100 m relay, earning a gold medal with Jamaica's winning time of 38.36.
In June, Frater won the 100 m in 10.18 at the JAAA National Championships, succeeding Asafa Powell as Jamaica National Champion. He and his brother Lindel are the only brothers to win the 100 m event at the national championships.
In June at the National Championships on a day highlighted by Veronica Campbell-Brown's emphatic victory in the female 100 m in a world-leading time of 10.89, Frater failed to qualify for the Osaka World Championships when he clocked a less than impressive 10.46. His only chance was left up to the final semi-final of the day but the exploits of talented schoolboy Yohan Blake (10.19) pushed Nesta Carter to run a blistering 10.17 thus making the third heat the fastest heat of the day. This meant that the World Championships silver medalist was out of the finals and as a result did not make the Jamaican team to Osaka.
He finished sixth in the Olympic 100 m final setting a personal best of 9.97 seconds.
Frater won a gold medal in Beijing, running the second leg of the 4 × 100 m relay. The relay team of Carter, Frater, Bolt and Powell set a new world record of 37.10, with Frater recording a split time of 9.01 seconds for his leg. (USATF High Performance Registered Split Analysis). The gold medal was later vacated by the IOC in 2017 when a retest of teammate Nesta Carter found the presence of the prohibited substance methylhexaneamine.
In a Jamaican sweep of the medal positions led by Asafa Powell and Nesta Carter, Frater again finished third in the 100 m at the World Athletics Final, Stuttgart, in 10.10
Frater ran the second leg for his MVP 4 × 100 m relay team at the Milo Western Relays held at the GC Foster College on 14 February. The team recorded a new meet record and world leading time of 38.72 s for the relay event.
On 16 April Frater was nominated for the Laureus World Team of the Year award, as a member of the 2008 Jamaica Olympic Sprint Team. Two days later Frater ran a leg of the 4 × 100 m at the UTech Track and Field Classic at the National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica. The teams winning 38.46 clocking was a new meet record. Frater also ran the 200 m at the event, finishing fourth in 20.96
Frater next competed at the Penn Relays on 25 April. He ran the second leg of the 4 × 100 m relay. Asafa Powell on the fourth leg pulled up and finished ninth in 41.24 A report in the Jamaica Observer on the morning of the event indicated that Powell had injured his ankle in training and was not expected to run.
At the Guadeloupe International Invitational On 1 May, Frater placed third in the 100 m in 10.39 On 8 May he finished second in 10.15 at the Qatar Athletic Super Grand Prix. He finished eighth at the Reebok Grand Prix held in New York City at Icahn Stadium on 30 May. At the Prefontaine Classic eight days later he finished sixth.
In a surprise upset at the National Championships, Frater was beaten into second place in the 100 m final.
Following the National Championships Frater did not compete in the IAAF Diamond League events.
As part of the Jamaican 4 × 100 metres relay team, setting the world record and Olympic record on 11 August 2012, at the 2012 London Olympics. Frater ran the second leg, and his split was timed at 8.9 seconds, only surpassed that night by Usain Bolt's 8.8 seconds on the anchor leg.
Accomplishments and major competition results
|60 metres||6.64||Ames, Iowa, United States||1 March 2002|
|100 metres||9.88||Lausanne, Switzerland||30 June 2011|
|200 metres||20.63||Louisville, United States||9 May 2002|
|1997 CARIFTA Games||1st Final||Bridgetown||, 1997|
|1998 CARIFTA Games||3rd Final||Port of Spain||, 1998|
|2000 IAAF World Junior Championships||5th Final||Santiago de Chile||18 October 2000|
|2003 Pan American Games||1st Final||Santo Domingo||6 August 2003|
|2004 Olympic Games||6th Semi-Final||Athens||22 August 2004|
|2005 IAAF World Championships||2nd Final||Helsinki||7 August 2005|
|2005 IAAF World Athletics Final||D.N.S. Final||Monaco||10 September 2005|
|2006 Commonwealth Games||DQ Semi-Final||Melbourne||25 March 2006|
|2007 IAAF World Athletics Final||3rd Final||Stuttgart||22 September 2007|
|2008 Olympic Games||6th Final||Beijing||16 August 2008|
|2008 IAAF World Athletics Final||3rd Final||Stuttgart||13 September 2008|
|2009 World Championships||5th Semi-Final||Berlin||16 August 2009|
|2009 IAAF World Athletics Final||2nd Final||Thessaloniki||12 September 2009|
4×100 metres relay
|1998 CARIFTA Games||2nd Final||Port of Spain||, 1998|
|1999 Pan American Junior Games||2nd Final||Tampa||11 July 1999|
|1999 World Youth Championships||1st Final||Bydgoszcz||17 July 1999|
|2002 Commonwealth Games||2nd Final||Manchester||31 July 2002|
|2003 Pan American Games||3rd Final||Santo Domingo||6 August 2003|
|2003 World Championships||DQ Final||Paris||31 August 2003|
|2004 Olympic Games||4th Semi-Final||Athens||22 August 2004|
|2005 World Championships||4th Final||Helsinki||13 August 2005|
|2006 Commonwealth Games||1st Final||Melbourne||25 March 2006|
|2008 Olympic Games||DQ Final||Beijing||22 August 2008|
|2009 World Championships||1st Final||Berlin||22 August 2009 |
|2012 Olympic Games||1st Final||London||11 August 2012 |
Time progression in the 100 m
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- Frogs in the Olympics Archived 21 March 2009 at the Wayback Machine. Texas Christian University (2008-08-04). Retrieved on 2009-03-17.
- National Boys & Girls Athletic Championship National Stadium, Kingston, Jamaica, W.I. – Wed 24/03/99 to Mon 30/08/99. cfpitiming.com
- CARIFTA Games Under 17 list. Gbrathletics.com. Retrieved on 2016-09-01.
- 1999 Pan Am Junior Championship Tampa, Florida – Friday 9 July 1999 to Sunday 11 July 1999. cfpitiming.com
- 4x100 m relay 99 World Youth Championships. iaaf.org
- World Youth (Under 18 Best Performance. Gbrathletics.com. Retrieved on 2016-09-01.
- 2000 Jamaica National Junior Championships. Cfpitiming.com. Retrieved on 2016-09-01.
- Michael Frater – Training for greatness. jamaica-gleaner.com (26 February 2006)
- 100 m final IAAF WJC 2000. iaaf.org
- 4x100 m final IAAF WJC 2000. iaaf.org
- 100 m 2002 Conference USA Outdoor Championships. Flashresults.com. Retrieved on 2016-09-01.
- 2003 Conference USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships start list. Flashresults.com. Retrieved on 2016-09-01.
- 2002 Conference USA Outdoor Championships. Flashresults.com. Retrieved on 2016-09-01.
- 200 m 2002 Conference USA Outdoor Championships. Flashresults.com. Retrieved on 2016-09-01.
- 4x100 m 2002 Conference USA Outdoor Championships. Flashresults.com. Retrieved on 2016-09-01.
- "Commonwealth Games Manchester 2002 - Athletics - Wednesday 31st July". BBC. Retrieved 1 October 2019.
- 2003 Conference USA Indoor Championships. Flashresults.com. Retrieved on 2016-09-01.
- TCU's Frater and Edwards Earn All-America Honors. Conferenceusa.cstv.com. Retrieved on 2016-09-01.
- Day 2 results, 2003 Pan American Games. Usatf.org. Retrieved on 2016-09-01.
- PAN AMERICAN GAMES; Sprinter Tests Positive, Costing U.S. Two Golds. New York Times (2003-08-13). Retrieved on 2016-09-01.
- Grimes fails doping test. Rediff.com. Retrieved on 2016-09-01.
- 100 m quarter final results 2003 World Championships. iaaf.org
- 4x100 m semi final 2003 World Championships. iaaf.org
- 4x100 m relay final 2003 World Championships. iaaf.org
- 100 m 2004 Conference USA Outdoor Championships. Flashresults.com. Retrieved on 2016-09-01.
- TCU's Frater Misses Gold By .008 Seconds. Conferenceusa.cstv.com. Retrieved on 2016-09-01.
- NCAA Division I outdoor Championships. Flashresults.com. Retrieved on 2016-09-01.
- 4x100 m relay 2003 NCAA Division 1 Championships. Flashresults.com. Retrieved on 2016-09-01.
- Athens 100 m semi-final results. iaaf.org
- 4x100 m heat results Athens Olympics. iaaf.org
- 100 m result Meeting de Madrid 2005. iaaf.org
- 100 m final 2005 World Championships. iaaf.org
- Shipley, Amy (1 January 2008) Gatlin Loses Fight, Receives 4-Year Doping Ban. Washingtonpost.com. Retrieved on 2016-09-01.
- 4x100 m relay final 2005 World Championships. iaaf.org
- 100 m result 2005 World Athletics Final. iaaf.org
- 100 m semifinal 2 2000 Commonwealth Games. Melbourne2006.com.au. Retrieved on 2016-09-01.
- 4x100 m relay result 2006 Commonwealth Games. Melbourne2006.com.au. Retrieved on 2016-09-01.
- Frater pulls out of meet. jamaica-gleaner.com (6 May 2006)
- 2006 JAAA National Championships
- National Champions 100 m
- 100 m results Jamaica International Invitational 2007
- Six men below 10-seconds in windy Zaragoza. Sprintic.com. Retrieved on 2016-09-01.
- 100 m result 2007 World Athletics Final. iaaf.org
- 100 m result 2008 World Athletics Final. iaaf.org
- 2008 Shanghai Golden Grand Prix 100 m result. iaaf.org
- Welcoming home our Olympians. jamaica-gleaner.com (5 October 2008)
- Bailey, Robert (15 February 2009) World-leading 38.72 for MVP at Western Relays. jamaica-gleaner.com
- Lyon, Fabian (2009-03-06) Boyd Anderson to induct Frater into ring of honor. Miami Herald
- 2009 Laurens nominees. Laureus.com. Retrieved on 2016-09-01.
- Nominee 2009 – Laureus World Team of the Year. Laureus.com. Retrieved on 2016-09-01.
- Foster, Anthony (19 April 2009) MVP shine in 4x100m. jamaica-gleaner.com
- UTECH Track & Field Classic Men 4x100 Meter Relay College&Inv result 4/18/2009. utech.edu.jm
- UTECH Track & Field Classic Men 200 Meter Dash College&Inv 4/18/2009. utech.edu.jm
- 2009 Penn Relays Results Men 4x100. pennrelaysonline.com
- Raynor, Kayon (25 April 2009) Asafa drops out! 'Injured' sprinter shuns relay, could run 100m at Penns today. jamaicaobserver.com
- 2009 Results Guadeloupe International Invitational. athleregionguadeloupe.fr
- 100 m result Qatar Athletic Super Grand Prix 2009. iaaf.org
- 100 m results 2009 Reebok Grand Prix. reebokgrandprix.com
- 2009 Prefontaine Classic Grand Prix – 6/7/2009. runnerspace.com
- Foster, Anthony (2009-06-28). Bolt 9.86 and Fraser 10.88; Walker and Phillips excel over hurdles – JAM Champs, Day 2. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-06-28.
- Staying healthy key for stronger 'Frater' this year. Jamaica-gleaner.com (2011-04-14). Retrieved on 2016-09-01.
- Jamaica indoor list, 2002. Talawah.com (2016-02-18). Retrieved on 2016-09-01.
- IAAF Diamond League. iaaf.org. Retrieved on 2016-09-01.
- Jamaica outdoor 200 m list, 2002. Talawah.com (2015-04-17). Retrieved on 2016-09-01.