The huge generational shift in Jamaican sprinting continues. Yesterday, Shelly-Ann Fraser took the gold in the women’s 100m final, pushing Veronica Campbell-Brown off the podium in the premier women’s speed event. Since becoming the World Youth 100m champion in 1999, VCB has been a fixture of Jamaican sprinting and she is not going now without a fight.She became Olympic champion in the 200m in Athens and then duplicated that result again in the 200m in Beijing. In between she became the 2007 100m World Champion in Osaka. No Jamaican woman has ever had so much success. Watch out for Veronica this Friday in the 200.
Here’s a feature I produced about VCB last summer.
Berlin 2009 WOMEN’S 100m RESULTS
Position Lane Bib Athlete Country Mark React
1 3 528 Shelly-Ann Fraser JAM 10.73
2 4 531 Kerron Stewart JAM 10.75
3 5 1003 Carmelita Jeter USA 10.90
4 6 522 Veronica Campbell-Brown JAM 10.95
VCB’s CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
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This is a feature I did on Tyson Gay last summer for the Beijing Olympics. The soft-spoken track star is mounting a comeback this year after a hamstring injury destroyed his Olympic summer last year. He had hopes of following up his spectacular double World Championships gold in Osaka in the 100m and 200m with Olympic gold. It wasn’t to be.
Judging by his times this season, he looks like he’s headed for redemption in August in Berlin. Everyone else has already awarded the races to Usain Bolt. Promising showdown.
Gay sets year’s best time in 100 metres at Rome
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS – 1 hour ago
ROME — Tyson Gay gave notice to world record-holder Usain Bolt by running the fastest 100 metres of the year in 9.77 seconds at the Golden Gala on Friday.
Gay swept past previous record-holder Asafa Powell 40 metres from the finish in a time that would have been good enough to equal the world record less than two years ago.
Powell finished second in 9.88, and fellow Jamaican Yohan Blake was third with 9.96.
“I feel that I improved on the previous races,” Gay said. “Today the race was better executed and my shape is improving.
“(Bolt’s) in excellent shape. I was working really hard for this, but I’m still training and I feel good.”
Gay is preparing to defend his 100 and 200 titles at the world championships in Berlin this summer.