At the Jamaican Olympic Trials Friday night, Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce nailed a red flag on the door of the U.S. women's 100-meter sprint team.
Fraser-Pryce obliterated U.S. Olympic Trials 100-meter winner Carmelita Jeter's world-leading time (10.81 seconds), becoming the fourth-fastest woman in history, at 10.70. The time was a national record for the defending Olympic champion.
And in the process, the Jamaicans displayed their complete Olympic 100-meter sprint team for all the world to see. The legendary 200-meter queen, Veronica Campbell-Brown was second at 10.82 and Kerron Stewart third with 10.94.
The American 100 team is yet to be finalized, as the third spot is still up in the air, pending a tie-induced coin toss or runoff between Allyson Felix and Jeneba Tarmoh. That decision will come following the women's 200 final Saturday night.
Jeter (10.92) and Tianna Madison (10.96) hold down the first two spots.
UPDATE: July 2, 2012 - Tarmoh has conceded. There will be no runoff. Felix takes the final spot on the 100-meter team.
The USA vs Jamaica sprint rivalry just elevated to another level, especially with the shocking time (9.75) put up by Yohan Blake in his defeat of Usain Bolt in the men's 100 final. Bolt (9.86) and Asafa Powell (9.88) finished second and third respectively.
With the gauntlet now having been thrown down by Jamaica in both the men's and women's 100, look for the debate and fireworks to intensify right up until London 2012.
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