Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce won her second straight gold medal in the women's 100m dash Saturday, defending the title she won at the 2008 Olympics.
Fraser-Pryce got off to a strong start and was just able to hold off charging American Carmelita Jeter to win by 0.03 seconds. Her winning time of 10.75 seconds was aided by a strong start out of the blocks.
"I really don't know what happened," said Fraser-Pryce, according to AFP. "For me as a sprinter I thought first of course about getting out of the blocks."
The 32-year-old Jeter won her first career Olympic medal, taking the silver with a time of 10.78. Although some might be dissapointed to miss a gold medal by such a close margin, Jeter was happy to come away with silver.
"I am so blessed to be there," said Jeter. "It was a tough race. I gave it my all. I got a medal at the Olympics. It feels so good."
While you might think Fraser-Pryce had an experience advantage as the defending Olympic champion, she said she was nervous going into this race.
"It's completely different to Beijing because there I was inexperienced. I was young and I never believed I could win. This time I was a bit nervous but I believed in God and I trusted him to carry me through," Fraser-Pryce said.
The race to decide the world's fastest woman is in the books, and Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce took gold in 10.75 seconds. The United States managed to place three runners in the top five, including Carmelita Jeter, who missed out on gold by three hundredths of a second.
Three Americans and two Jamaicans raced their way into the final, and sure enough those five runners took the top five slots. Fraser-Pryce barely edged out Jeter, with the Jamaican finishing just .03 seconds ahead and Jamaica's Veronica Campbell-Brown taking bronze just .03 seconds behind her. In fourth and fifth were Americans Tianna Madison and Allyson Felix, who both finished off of the podium but each recorded personal bests in the event, finishing at 10.85 and 10.89, respectively.
Placing three runners in the top five bodes pretty well for the United States' chance of winning gold in the 4x100 relay, although Jamaica will obviously be a strong contender at gold as well. Jeter and Felix will also compete in the 200m later in the Olympics, where Felix is a favorite to win.
Mo Farah was able to hold off a field of unbelievably talented runners in order to capture the gold medal for host country Great Britain on Saturday. United States runner Galen Rupp won the silver with a mad dash in the home stretch. Both men were elated, particularly Farah, who got to capture the medal in front of his countrymen who were roaring him on to victory. You can definitely see his unbridled joy in these photos.
The race capped off a huge day in track and field for Great Britain, as they took three gold medals throughout Saturday, also picking up the top honors in women's heptathlon and men's long jump.
Saturday marks the second day of track and field events at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. There is a full slate of heats and qualifiers, but there will be two gold medal events in the afternoon that you will be able to watch online.
NBC will be airing the day's events live all weekend in all time zones, but if you are unable to get in front of a television, you can watch the entire day's activities via your computer. All events are streaming live on NBCOlympics.com.
Ding Chen of China has already claimed the gold in the men's 20km racewalk, but there are five gold medals still to be won. Here are Saturday's remaining gold medal events. All times are eastern.
South Africa's Oscar Pistorius, the first athlete to compete in both the Paralympic and Olympic Games, qualified for the 400m semifinals in London on Saturday. Pistorius posted the second fastest time in the first heat of the day to move on to the semis. He crossed the line in 45:44, just behind the Dominican Republic's Luguelin Santos, who posted a time of 45:04. It was best time of the year for Pistorius, and the fourth fastest of his career.
Pistorius had been working towards his Olympic debut for years, finally earning entry this summer to provide one of the best stories of the Games. He spoke about his first appearance, and the nervousness coming out of the tunnel for the first time, via Joe Battaglia of NBC:
"I've been thinking about this day for the last six years...To finally be on the track, on this stage is amazing. I'm almost speechless."
Pistorius then spoke about his run, marking the Dominican and coming in with the second-fastest time:
"I set up on the starting blocks, came out of the blocks fine," he said. "On the back straight I found a very good rhythm and felt very relaxed. Santos was on my outside and he was my marker during the race. I just keyed on him and we started accelerating quite quickly very early on the second corner.
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The South African cruised across the line, indicating that he was pleased with his rhythm and happy with the time. Luguelin looked over his shoulder down the final stretch but the duo had locked up the one-two finish in the heat. An animated gif of the finish:
Pistorius will now run in the semifinals on Sunday. The men's 400m semis will begin at 3:40 p.m. ET with Pistorius scheduled to run in the second heat. The finals are set for 4:30 p.m. ET on Monday.
Athletics enters day two at the Summer Olympics on Saturday, with five medals decided in the evening session, but early on, all eyes were on the track for the round one heats of the men's 100 meters, one of marquee events of the entire Games.
With Olympic Stadium in a full roar, Jamaica's Usain Bolt won his heat in 10.09 seconds, a slow time for him, but he stumbled out of the blocks and then completely shut it down over the final 30 meters. It should be noted Bolt ran a 10.20 in the first round at Beijing. Fellow countrymen, and a couple of Bolt's biggest rivals for gold, Asafa Powell and Yohan Blake, both won their heats, too, finishing in 10.04 seconds and 10.00 seconds, respectively. All three qualified for the semifinals (Sunday, 2:45 p.m. ET).
Team USA is also sending three of its fastest runners to the semifinals: Justin Gatlin (9.97 seconds), Tyson Gay (10.08) and Ryan Bailey (9.88). Bailey's time set a new Olympic heat record for the U.S., breaking Gatlin's mark in the process, which had been established just eight minutes earlier.
The finals of the men's 100m is Sunday at 4:50 p.m. ET.