Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce didn’t get her signature bullet start in London today, but she ran down World champion Carmelita Jeter of the US and her compatriot Veronica Campbell-Brown (VBC) to snatch the 100m Olympic victory again 10.75secs, the fastest winning time in an Olympic women’s 100m final and the second fastest time this season behind her own 10.70, which she clocked in Kingston to win the national champion title in May.
Jeter posted a season best (SB) 10.78 and VCB romped home in a 10.81 SB. Running fourth was Tianna Madison in 10.85 a personal best (PB) ahead of her compatriot Allyson Felix (10.89 PB). Rounding out the field were Trinidad’s Kelly-Ann Baptiste (10.94), Ivory Coast’s Murielle Ahoure (11.00) and Nigeria’s Blessing Akagbare (11.01).
“It feels really good; I’m floating,” said the 2008 Olympic 100m champion, pointing out that she followed her coach’s instructions. “I was a little nervous, but I believe in myself and in God.” She also sang praises for her coach Stephen Francis, whom she said can be hard at times, noting that she understands why.
Shortly after her victory, Fraser-Pryce posted on her official Facebook Fan page: “My cup runneth over. To God be the Glory, great things He has done. Happy 50th, Jamaica! Congrats, VCB, We did it! Love to my fans.”
Yesterday, Fraser-Pryce ran 11.00 flat in her heat while Jeter clocked the fastest time of 10.83 to lead the qualifiers. In responding to a post-race question about whether the track was fast, the pocket rocket responded that she didn’t know and that she would test it today. That she did in her semi-final race to post 10.85 before further dropping her time in the final and defending her title.