Jamaica’s Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce has won the nation’s first gold medal at the London 2012 Olympics. The ‘Pocket Rocket’ clocked 10.75 to defend her Beijing title and made history by becoming the first non-American to retain the 100m Olympic crown in successive Olympics.
American Carmelita Jeter who made her Olympic debut at yesterday’s race, earned silver- crossing the finish line in 10.78 seconds. In third place was Jamaica’s Veronica Campbell-Brown (VCB) who earned her second career bronze in the event with a time of 10.81.
Americans Tiana Madison who placed fourth and Allyson Felix who placed fifth, both posted personal bests of 10.85 and 10.89 respectively.
Trinidadian Kelly Ann Baptiste was sixth. In seventh place was Murielle Ahoure of the Ivory Coast and rounding out the group was Blessing Okagbare of Nigeria.
Though Shelly Ann won the first gold for Jamaica, she was not the first athlete from that country making her mark at London 2012.
41 year old Samantha Albert finished 51st out of 53 remaining riders after completing the three stages of the individual eventing competition at the Olympic Games at Greenwich Park on Tuesday (July 31). She scored 67.20 in the Dressage on Saturday and 54.00 in the cross country on Monday July 30 aboard Irish gelding CARRAIG DUBH, closing with a combined penalty score of 142.20.
Though she placed fourth in the 100m breaststroke finals, national-record holder Alia Atkinson still made history just by qualifying. She is the first Jamaican ever to qualify for an Olympic swimming finals. During the 100m trials, the 23 year-old attained a personal best clocking of 1:06.79 in a swim-off with Canada’s Tera Van Beilen, to determine who would get the eighth and final spot for the finals.
Her time in the finals was 1:6.93. The winner, Satomi Suzuki of Japan clocked in at 1:05.46. Rebecca Soni of the United States was second with 1:05.55 followed by Ruta Meilutyte of Lithuania with 1:05.47.
Atkinson has competed in the last two Olympics (2004, 2008) and has also taken part in the Commonwealth Games (2006 & 2010)
BTW there are athletes of Jamaican birth and or descent partaking in the London Olympics who are making their mark as well.
Sanya Richards-Ross who was born a yaad, cruised into the 400m finals with the fastest time of 50.07. She will represent the USA, home of her hubby Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Aaron Ross.
Great Britain’s Jessica Ennis, though not born on the island, has Jamaican parents. She earned a 6,955-point win in heptathlon, the third-highest total behind Jackie Joyner-Kersee’s in 1988 and 1992. In the 800m, the heptathlon’s last event, she clocked in at 2:8.65.
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