Shelley-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica retained her 100-meter title, beating world champion Carmelita Jeter of the U.S. yesterday at London’s Olympic Stadium.
Fraser-Pryce, 25, who led a Jamaican one-two-three at the Beijing games four years ago, clocked 10.75 seconds. Jeter, dressed all in red, came back from a poor start to finish in 10.78, a season’s best for her. Veronica Campbell-Brown ran 10.81 to take bronze for Jamaica.
Fraser-Pryce, the first woman to retain the Olympic title since American Gail Devers in 1996, led from the start, rising quickly and building a gap before the 32-year-old Jeter, the second-fastest woman of all time, came surging back. The American’s efforts weren’t enough to prevent the Jamaican from crossing first.
“The mission isn’t yet over,” Fraser-Pryce said. “I’ve got the 200 which I have to run next.”
Fraser-Pryce, who served a six-month doping ban in 2010 after using medication for a toothache that contained a banned substance, looked open-mouthed at the arena scoreboard before dropping to her knees and placing both hands over her face.
Today, her countrymen Asafa Powell, Yohan Blake and reigning Olympic champion and world-record holder Usain Bolt run in the men’s 100 meters.
The silver is Jeter’s first Olympic medal after she failed to make the games in 2008. A year later she ran 10.64 seconds at a meet in Shanghai. Only world record holder Florence Griffith Joyner has run quicker.
In the heptathlon, Britain’s Jessica Ennis clinched the title by winning the last of seven events, the 800 meters to finish with 6,955 points, 327 more than silver medalist Tatyana Chernova of Russia.
“I am so shocked,” Ennis, 26, said. “I’m going to savor the moment. The crowd helped me. I can’t believe I’ve done it.”
Greg Rutherford became the first British Olympic long jump champion since Lynn Davies in 1964 with a leap of 8.31 meters (27.3 feet).
Mo Farah then capped the British night by beating his training partner Galen Rupp, 26, of the U.S. by half a second in the 10,000 meters.
Farah swept past Ethiopia’s Tariku Bekele, 25, and got to the front for the first time with four laps to go before surging further ahead in the final stages to win in 27 minutes, 30.42 seconds. He slapped his head four times before bowing in prayer.
“My legs were getting tired and the crowd gave me a boost,” Farah said. “My training partner coming second is unbelievable.”
The 29-year-old, who was born in Somalia, came to the U.K. as a refugee.