Sunday, August 17, 2008

Jamaicans Go 1-2-3 in Women’s 100

Lauryn Williams takes fourth place.

-Beijing-The Jamaicans proved they are the fastest humans on the planet. First, Usain Bolt of Jamaica won the men’s 100-meters while doing dance moves the last 15-meters of the race. The only thing missing from the performance was a dj and spinning some of that legendary reggae dance music.

Oh wait, that came after the race.

The Jamaican women picked up where Bolt left off. Shelly Ann-Fraser finished first in 10.78 seconds, well ahead of silver medalist Sherone Williams and bronze medalist Kerron Stewart, who were both timed in 10.98.

After the race Ann-Fraser jumped up and down in celebration after witnessing her wide margin of victory on the jumbo screen, similar to Bolt’s win yesterday.

The Jamaican sprinters came in with top times and put together consistent races leading up to Beijing.

Lauryn Williams, the silver medalist in Athens, was fourth, and Muna Lee, the Olympic Trials champion, was fifth. Veteran sprinter Torri Edwards was eighth.

After the race Williams said, "It was incredibly close. The only thing I could say about the photo finish was 'oh-oh, not again.' I thought the photo was between me and Sherone for third, but it wasn't. I put what I had on the line today. I'm not upset. 10.78 was a great time."

By Jay Hicks.

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