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Carmelita Jeter gets silver in women's 100 meters

August 04, 2012|By Dan Loumena
  • Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce edges American Carmelita Jeter at the finish line to win the women's 100 meters on Saturday in London.
Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce edges American Carmelita Jeter… (Rebecca Blackwell / Associated…)

Carmelita Jeter couldn't fend off a late burst of speed by Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who repeated as gold medalist in the women's 100 meters Saturday in London.

Jeter burst out of the blocks at the front of the pack and was fighting for the lead with Jamaican Veronica Campbell-Brown when the defending champion surged into the lead and held off the competition at the finish line to win in 10.75 seconds.

Jeter finished second in 10.78, followed by Campbell-Brown, who also took third in the 2008 Summer Games.

U.S. sprinters Tianna Madison and Allyson Felix finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

Fraser-Pryce is the first woman to repeat as the 100 champion since American Gail Devers accomplished the feat in 1992 and 1996.

The Jamaicans were unable to attempt a repeat of their 2008 sweep in the 100 when Beijing silver medalist Kerron Stewart failed to make it out of the semifinals.

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