LONDON--All three American women entered in the 100-meter dash easily advanced out of Friday’s first round and to Saturday's semifinals.
U.S. champion Carmelita Jeter, an alumna of Cal State Dominguez Hills, was timed in a blistering 10.83 seconds, which was two-hundredths of a second off her season-best time and the fastest qualifying time. Jeter, who’s from Gardena, didn’t stop to speak with reporters after her race at the Olympic Stadium.
Tianna Madison of Elyria, Ohio, the runner-up at the U.S. Olympic trials, was second in her heat in 10.97 seconds, one-hundredth of a second off her top time this season. The winner of that heat, Blessing Okagbare of Nigeria, recorded a personal-best time of 10.93.
And Allyson Felixof Los Angeles, who’s attempting a 100-200 double, won her heat in 11.01 seconds after getting a slow start and easing up at the end.