Carmelita Jeter 2012 Olympics: Results, Analysis and More

Austin GreenCorrespondent IAugust 2, 2012

Carmelita Jeter 2012 Olympics: Results, Analysis and More

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    After failing to qualify for the team in Beijing, Carmelita Jeter will be seeking redemption at the 2012 London Olympics.

    She will have several opportunities to do so, as she'll be competing in three events: the 100-meter dash, the 200-meter dash and the women's 4x100-meter relay.

    Jeter is facing more pressure than any other American track athlete in London. But that comes with the territory when you are the world's fastest woman. After racking up two golds (100, 4x100 relay) and a silver (200) at the 2011 World Championships, she will be expected to medal in all three of her events.

    Jeter will kick off her Olympic campaign on Friday, August 3 with the 100-meter prelims. She'll compete in the 200 several days later, and the 4x100-meter relay will take place on August 9 and 10.

    We will have full updates and analysis as the Games progress, so stay tuned to Bleacher Report for all the latest Carmelita Jeter news.

100-Meter Dash

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    All Times Eastern

    Prelims: Friday, August 3 at 5:40 a.m.

    Round 1: Friday, August 3 at 2:05 p.m.

    Semifinals: Saturday, August 4 at 2:35 p.m.

    Finals: Saturday, August 4 at 4:55 p.m.

    UPDATE: Friday, August 3, 5:30 p.m. ET by Alex Hall

    Jeter qualified for the 100-meter semifinals with a time of 10.83 seconds. The American sprinter finished first in Heat 2 and posted the best qualifying time by any athlete in any of the respective heats.

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    Jeter's History

    Jeter has owned this event since 2009, when she ran a 10.64—the second fastest time ever recorded by a woman. She followed that up by winning gold at the 2011 World Championships (10.90) and taking first place at the 2012 U.S. Olympic trials (10.92).

    Anything less than gold for Jeter in this event will be considered a disappointment.

    Top Competitors

    Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Jamaica

    Veronica Campbell-Brown, Jamaica

    Tianna Madison, United States

    Allyson Felix, United States

    Kelly-Ann Baptiste, Trinidad & Tobago

200-Meter Dash

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    All Times Eastern

    Round 1: Monday, August 6 at 2:20 p.m.

    Semifinals: Tuesday, August 7 at 3:25 p.m.

    Finals: Wednesday, August 8 at 4:00 p.m.

    Update: Tuesday, August 8 at 4:15 p.m. ET by Eric Ball

    Consider the 200 to be a success for Jeter. 

    While it may not be her favorite event, the Los Angeles native was still able to reach the medal podium.

    While she didn’t land gold, she did capture a bronze medal with a time of 22.14 seconds. Allyson Felix of the United States won gold (21.88) and Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce took silver (22.09).

    Jamaican two-time champion Veronica Campbell-Brown didn’t medal with a time of 22.38.

    This is a historic moment for the U.S. team in the women’s 200 according to ESPN Stats & Info:

    Carmelita Jeter and Allyson Felix get bronze and gold in women's 200m. 2nd time US has 2 medals in event (1984, silver and gold)

    — ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) August 8, 2012

    It’s been quite the Olympics for Jeter, and now she’s a part of history. 

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    Update: Tuesday, August 7 at 3:50 p.m. ET by David Daniels

    And into the finals she goes.

    Carmelita Jeter was matched up with Jamaica's Veronica Campbell-Brown in the first heat of the 200-meter semifinals. She didn't outrun her, losing by 0.07 seconds, but her time of 22.39 was strong enough for her to qualify for the final.

    A positive to take away from Jeter's time is that, unlike Campbell Brown's, it wasn't a seasonal best. She still has room to improve. And against a field that includes fellow Americans Allyson Felix and Sanya Richards-Ross, she'll need to do just that to medal.

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    Update: Monday, August 6 at 2:40 p.m. ET

    Jeter has advanced to the semifinals, winning Heat 3 with an official time of 22.65 seconds. And it was never in doubt.

    Carmelita Jeter just cruisin -- wins 200 heat easily.

    — Pat Forde (@YahooForde) August 6, 2012

    Jeter looks poised to compete for gold after a strong opening run. 

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    Jeter's History

    The 200 isn't Jeter's specialty, but she will still be expected to medal after her recent performances.

    She took silver in the event at the 2011 World Championships. Only Jamaica's Veronica Campbell-Brown outran her.

    Jeter followed that up with a second-place finish in the 2012 U.S. Olympic trials, losing to teammate Allyson Felix, who ran the fourth-fastest time in history by a woman (21.69).

    Jeter is certainly capable of taking the home the gold, but a silver or bronze medal would also be considered a success.

    Top Competitors

    Allyson Felix, United States

    Veronica Campbell-Brown, Jamaica

    Shelly-Ann Fraser-Price, Jamaica

    Sanya Richards-Ross, United States

    Aleksandra Fedoriva, Russia

4x100-Meter Relay

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    Update: 4:00 p.m. ET by Eric Ball

    What a finish for the Americans.

    Not only did they win gold with a time of 40.82 seconds, they obliterated the world record of 41.37 set by Eastern Germany in 1985 according to Christopher Clarey of the New York Times.

    Tianna Madison, Allyson Felix, Bianca Knight and Jeter make up a team that will now be etched into the Olympic record books. 

    Jamaican's Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Sherone Simpson, Veronica Campbell-Brown and Kerron Stewart won silver for wit a time of 41.41.

    Olesya Povh, Hrystyna Stuy, Mariya Ryemyen and Elizaveta Bryzgina finish third for Ukraine and claim bronze.

    The US hadn't won gold in the event since back in 1996. In 2004 and 2008, the USA failed to get the baton safely around the track.

    But that's all ancient history now as the Americans are golden once again.

    I think this picture sums up just how badly the US destroyed the competition.

    Update: 2:40 p.m. ET by Brian Mazique

    The American women easily qualified for Friday's Round 2. Their time of 41.64 wast he fastest of any country.

    This just further solidifies their spot as the favorites to take gold in this event.


    All Times Eastern

    Round 1: Thursday, August 9 at 3:20 p.m.

    Round 2: Friday, August 10 at 3:40 p.m.

    Jeter's History

    Jeter anchored the U.S. 4x100 relay team at the 2011 World Championships, when they won gold with a blistering time of 41.56. She will be counted on to lead the team again in London, where they'll be the favorites to win it all.

    Jeter will be joined on the team by Bianca Knight, Allyson Felix and Marshevet Hooker. Anything less than gold will be a disappointment for the Americans.

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