LONDON (Sporting Alert) — Carmelita Jeter of USA lead a slew of sprinters below the 11 seconds barrier in the women’s 100 metros heats on the first day of track and field action at the London Olympics on Friday night.
Jeter shot from the blocks and ran all the way to cross the finishing line in 10.83 seconds – one of the fastest times in the world this year and just below her best this season.
Defending champion Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce looked the most relaxed of all the sprinters tonight, despite not getting one of her better starts.
The Jamaican eased home in 11.00 seconds to beat Trinidad and Tobago’s Semoy Hackett, who raced to 11.04secs.
Jamaica’s Veronica Campbell-Brown also looked very relaxed when winning her heat in 10.94secs, taking with her Ivet Lalova of Bulgaria, who ran 11.06 for second place.
Blessing Okagbare of Nigeria, an inform sprinter this season, produced a personal best of 10.93secs to take her heat and she confirmed that the track is fast.
“I think it’s really a fast track,” Okagbare said. “The track is amazing.
“I am happy that they counted me amongst those who can win a medal, and so I’m just going to go out there and do my best.”
American Tianna Madison also broke 11-seconds when clocking 10.97secs for second place in that heat won by Okagbare.
Kelly-Ann Baptiste of Trinidad and Tobago won the opening heat of the event in 10.96 and looked very impressive in doing so as well.
Allyson Felix was also a heat winner, running 11.01 second (+2.2 wind) to take heat 5 and she’s ready to “step it up” on Saturday.
“It’s just amazing to be here and I’m happy to get the Games started,” Felix said afterwards. “I’m excited to step it up tomorrow.”
The final heat was won by Murielle Ahoure of Ivory Coast, who posted a personal best and national record of 10.99 to beat the U.S. Virgin Islands’ LaVerne Jones-Ferrette (11.07), a time that is also a personal best and national record.
Jamaican Olympic silver medallist Kerron Stewart recovered from a very poor start to take third in 11.08.