Saturday, 4 August 2012

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce wins 100 meters

Back home in Jamaica, when Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce visits the neighborhood supermarket, inevitably the questions will arise. Sure, she’s recognized across the small island, but they don’t ask about her Olympic gold medal from the Beijing Games.

“Where is Usain?” they want to know, inquiring about fellow sprinter Usain Bolt. “How is Usain? Do you train with Usain?”Fraser-Pryce, all of 5-feet-3 with a voice even smaller, can only smile. “If he’s ahead of me in terms of being famous, I don’t mind,” she said.

For at least 23 hours, Fraser-Pryce is ahead of Bolt in one important category: Olympic 100-meter titles. She became just the third woman to win 100-meter gold in consecutive Olympics, finishing in an impressive 10.75 seconds in Saturday night’s exciting final. Bolt will try to become just the second man to accomplish the same feat Sunday night at Olympic Stadium.

American Carmelita Jeter earned silver in her Olympic debut, crossing the finish line in 10.78 seconds, while Jamaica’s Veronica Campbell-Brown won her second career bronze in the event with a time of 10.81.

“I left my heart and soul on that track,” Jeter said. “And when you do that, you definitely can't be upset.”

After the Jamaican women swept the 100-meter race in Beijing, Jeter became the first American to medal in the 100 since Lauryn Williams took silver at the 2004 Games. The race was a milestone for a sprinter who couldn’t even make the finals four years earlier at the U.S. Olympic trials. But at 32 years of age, Jeter’s been posting some of the fastest times of her career in

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