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Women's 100m - Can Jeter Break Up A Jamaican Medal Sweep?
When: August 17 (finals, semifinals), 16 (quarterfinals, heats)
Carribean runners, Jamaicans in particular, have been the best in the world this year in the women's 100m. The Olympic gold- and silver-winning duo from Jamaica, Kerron Stewart and Shelly-Ann Fraser, have the top 2 time performances in the world this year. Stewart's 10.75, in particular, raised eyebrows as she ran the fifth-fastest time in the history of women's track & field.
Fraser was a relative surprise winner last year over the usually-dominant US crowd and her favored compatriot Veronica Campbell-Brown (VCB). VCB was the 2007 world champion at 100m.
The Bahamas will likely celebrate two finalists in Chandra Sturrup and Debbie Ferguson. Both are former WC medalists, but we'd be surprised to see either of them medal over the Jamaicans and Americans.
America will be led by Carmelita Jeter. Jeter is the US champion this year and has distinguished herself on the summer European circuit as undoubtedly the best 100m runner wearing the stars and stripes. Behind her come two experienced and talented athletes in Muna Lee and Lauryn Williams. Will all three Americans make the final? We doubt it, as Kelly-Ann Baptiste of Trinidad will be tough to beat out.
The latest news arriving on August 10th is that Olympic Champion Shelly-Ann Fraser and her MVP training group compatriots (including Asafa Powell and Olympic champion Melaine Walker) may not compete for Jamaica because they missed a mandatory JAA camp leading up to the championships.
Women's 100m Statistics By LRC Coaching Guru John Kellogg
10.75 Kerron Stewart (JAM) (#5 all-time) Silver medal in 2008 Olympic Games, 7th in 2007 World Championships