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LetsRun.com's 2009 IAAF Berlin World Championships Preview

Women's 100m - Can Jeter Break Up A Jamaican Medal Sweep?

By LetsRun.com
August, 2009

When: August 17 (finals, semifinals), 16 (quarterfinals, heats)
*LRC's World Championship Prediction Contest
*LRC WC Previews/Results/Recaps By Event
*LRC WC Previews/Results/Recaps By Day
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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.

LRC Predictions:
Gold: Kerron Stewart JAM
Silver: Shelly-Ann Fraser JAM
Bronze: Carmelita Jeter USA
4th: Veronica Campbell-Brown JAM

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
10.88  Shelly-Ann Fraser (JAM)  PR 10.78 (= #8 all-time) (2008)   Gold medal in 2008 Olympic Games
10.92  Carmelita Jeter (USA)   Bronze medal in 2007 World Championships
10.94  Kelly-Ann Baptiste (TRI)
10.96  Veronica Campbell-Brown (JAM)  PR 10.85 (2005)   Gold medal in 2007 World Championships, silver medal in 2005 World Championships, bronze medal in 2004 Olympic Games, silver medal in 2002 Commonwealth Games
10.97  Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie (BAH)  PR 10.91 (2002)   Gold medal in 2002 Commonwealth Games, 5th in 2001 World Championships, 7th in 2008 Olympic Games, 7th in 2004 Olympic Games, 8th in 2000 Olympic Games
10.99  Chandra Sturrup (BAH)  PR 10.84 (2005)   Bronze medal in 2003 World Championships, bronze medal in 2001 World Championships, silver medal in 1998 World Cup, 4th in 2005 World Championships, 4th in 1996 Olympic Games, 6th in 2000 Olympic Games, 7th in 1999 World Championships
11.07  Aleen Bailey (JAM)  PR 11.04 (2004)   5th in 2004 Olympic Games, 6th in 2003 World Championships
11.08  Allyson Felix (USA)+
11.11  Lauryn Williams (USA)  PR 10.88 (#10 all-time USA) (2005)   Gold medal in 2005 World Championships, silver medal in 2004 Olympic Games, silver medal in 2007 World Championships, 4th in 2008 Olympic Games
11.13  LaVerne Jones-Ferrette (ISV)
11.15  Tahesia Harrigan (IVB)  PR 11.13 (2006)   5th in 2006 Commonwealth Games
11.22  Muna Lee (USA)  PR 10.85 (#9 all-time USA) (2008)   5th in 2008 Olympic Games, 7th in 2005 World Championships
 + = Not on Worlds Team in 100m



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