Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce holds her national flag as she celebrates winning the women’s 100m final at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Fraser-Pryce won a thrilling women’s 100m duel to retain her Olympic crown, holding off a lunging Carmelita Jeter to squeeze home by just 0.03sec. (AFP Photo/Ben Stansall)
Jamaica‘s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce won a thrilling women’s 100m duel to retain her Olympic crown on Saturday, holding off a lunging Carmelita Jeter to squeeze home by just 0.03sec.
Fraser-Pryce, the fastest woman in the world this year, exploded out of the blocks and opened up a gap over the world champion, crossing the line in 10.75sec, ahead of the American who clocked 10.78sec.
Jamaica‘s Veronica Campbell-Brown took bronze in a time of 10.81 as the Caribbean nation once again asserted its superiority over its fierce rival the United States in the sprint events.
Speaking about what went through her mind just before the race, Fraser-Pryce said: “I went out there and I couldn’t think about it before. I knew it just had to feel right.”
Jeter, the fastest living woman over the distance, qualified quickest for the final as the United States tried desperately to end a 16-year drought in the event.
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