2011 World Champs/Daegu: Day 3, Session 2: Women's 100 meters: Carmelita Jeter Wins, Veronica Campbell-Brown takes silver, Kelly-Ann Baptiste takes bronze, by Larry Eder

The women's 100 meter final played up to the hype. The Jamaicans, from Veronica Campbell-Brown, Kerron Stewart and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, versus the US sprinter duo of Carmelita Jeter and Marshevet Myers. Add in Kelly Ann Baptiste, and perhaps a surprise qualifier, and  you have a final!

Jeter_CarmelitaQ-World11.JPG Carmelita Jeter, 2011 WC 100m, qualifying, photo by PhotoRun.net

In the first semi-final, Kerron Stewart of Jamaica won, in 11.26. Marshevet Myers of the US was second, in 11.38. Both moved on to the final.

Baptiste_KellyAnnQ-World11.JPG Kelly-Ann Baptiste, 2011 WC 100m, qualifying rounds, photo by PhotoRun.net

In the second semi-final, Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica won in 11.03. Veronica Campbell-Brown was second in 11.06 and Blessing Okagbare of Nigeria was third in 11.22. All three moved on to the final.

In the third semi-final, Carmelita Jeter of the US ran 11.02, the fastest time in the semi-finals. Kelly-Ann Baptiste of Trinidad ran 11.05. In third, Ivet Lalova of Bulgaria ran 11.23. With those three, we have our final.

The 100 meter womens' final went down like this:

Strong starts by Jeter and Veronica Campbell-Brown. Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce moved up alongside Carmelita about 30 meters. Blessing OKagbare had best start of all, but she was out of the race by 40 meters.

By fifty meters, it was VCB, Carmelita Jeter, Shelly Ann Fraser-Price, and Kelly-Ann Baptiste. Kerron Stewart was falling back.

Jeter began to move away, with VCB close, and Kelly-Ann Baptiste moving well. Jeter and Fraser-Pryce were focused on each other.

Jeter moved away about 70 meters and just kept going, leaning well, taking the race in 10.90. Veronica Campbell-Brown took the silver in 10.97. Kelly-Ann Baptiste of Trinidad took the bronze in 10.98, just nabbing third from a slowing Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica, who had dueled with Jeter for much of the race. Fraser-Pryce was fourth in 10.99.

In fifth was Blessing Okagbare of Nigeria, who ran 11.12. Kerron Stewart of Jamaica, who looked so strong in the semi-finals, running 11.15. Ivet Lalova of Bulgaria, who had sub under 11 earlier in the season, was seventh in 11.27 and Marshevet Myers, who reinjured herself, was eighth in 11.33.

Jeter vs Fraser-Pryce, 1/3, 2011 WC Champs 100 meters, photo by PhotoRun.net

Jeter vs Fraser-Pryce, 2/3, 2011 WC Champs 100 meters, photo by PhotoRun.net
Jeter-FraserFH1b-World11.JPGJeter vs Fraser-Pryce, 3/3, 2011 WC Champs 100 meters, photo by PhotoRun.net

This had been Carmelita Jeters' race to win or loose, quite frankly. Jeter told RBR earlier in the season that when she listened to Coach John Smith, she did well. Well, obviously, Carmelita Jeter has been listening to Coach Smith during the World Championships!

Jeter_CarmelitaFL-World11.JPGCarmelita Jeter, 2011 WC 100m, Gold medalist, photo by PhotoRun.net

Campbell_VeronicaFL-World11.JPGVeronica Campbell-Brown, 2011 WC 100 meter, silver medalist,
photo by PhotoRun.net

Baptiste_KellyAnnFL-World11.JPGKelly-Ann Baptiste, 2011 WC 100 meters, bronze medalist, photo by PhotoRun.net

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