BEIJING -- The idea that the 100 meters is a sprint became a bit of an oxymoron Saturday morning.
A slow dash is track's answer to jumbo shrimp.
Of the three U.S. women who qualified easily for the quarterfinals today, only Olympic trials winner Muna Lee wanted to feel some speed.
After all, each needed only a top-three finish in her heat to advance. (For full results, go to latimes.com/sports/olympics.)
"I wanted to go out and blast from the beginning, and it worked," Lee said. "I wanted to get my body used to it, to have it go into shock now, so it didn't happen later."
Lee still eased up enough that she won her heat in the pedestrian time of 11.33 seconds.
Torri Edwards, who missed the last Olympics because of a doping ban, still felt no urge to rush into this one.