Jeter breaks Jamaican stranglehold
Daegu: Carmelita Jeter of the United States powered home to win the women`s 100 metres title at the world athletics championships on Monday and wrest the crown of sprint queen away from Jamaica.
Jeter clocked a time of 10.90 seconds with Jamaican Veronica Campbell-Brown second in 10.97. Kelly-Ann Baptiste of Trinidad and Tobago pipped defending champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce by 0.01 seconds for the bronze medal.
Jeter, who took bronze in Berlin two years ago and in 2007, got out of the blocks well and surged home with Campbell-Brown pushing hard to catch her after a slow start.
"I have been working really very, very hard. And today it paid off, it comes out," Jeter told reporters. "My coach showed me that I was ready to get the gold medal, to stop the Jamaican predominance in the sprint. Today, it is all about my coach John Smith."
Jamaica`s Fraser-Pryce and Campbell-Brown had won the last two 100m world titles.
Jeter`s coach said the win was the perfect way to get ready for next year`s London Olympics.
"She did what she does best, she competed," he added. "She`s a wonderful competitor. Finally we got her to the top of the podium. This is great momentum going into the Olympic year."
The 31-year-old Jeter is the second fastest of all time over the 100 and came to South Korea in terrific form, which included a time of 10.70 to win the Prefontaine Classic in June.