2009 World Championships in Athletics – Women's 100 metres
The women's 100 metres at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics was held at the Olympic Stadium on August 16 and August 17. The Jamaican team had three strong contenders for the 100 m title in reigning champion Veronica Campbell-Brown, Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser, and Kerron Stewart (who ran 10.75 seconds in July; the fastest in nine years). The American squad featured Muna Lee, Lauryn Williams, and an in-form Carmelita Jeter. Other medal contenders are Bahamians Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie and Chandra Sturrup, and Kelly-Ann Baptiste, who have all run under eleven seconds prior to the tournament.
Jeter was the fastest qualifier in the heats, and finished 0.02 seconds outside her personal best to win her quarter-final. Stewart was the fastest in the quarterfinals with 10.92 seconds, and Campbell-Brown won her race as the third athlete to run under eleven seconds that day. On the second day of competition, Shelly-Ann Fraser ran the fastest ever semi-final in 10.79 seconds, with Stewart just behind in 10.84 seconds. Jeter ran a personal best of 10.83 seconds to reach the final, in which half the competitors were Jamaican.
In the final, a quick start saw Fraser lead from the outset of the race and Stewart's late challenge was not enough to beat her compatriot. Stewart's personal-best-equalling 10.75 seconds earned her the silver medal, and Jeter took the bronze with a 10.90 second run, somewhat short of the time she produced in the semi-finals. The 2007 gold and silver medallists ran season's bests but missed out on the medals, with Campbell-Brown in fourth (10.95) and Williams in fifth (11.01). Fraser's win in 10.73 seconds was a Jamaican record and made her the joint third fastest 100 m athlete ever with Christine Arron. Furthermore, she became only the second woman to win consecutive Olympic and World Championship titles, after Gail Devers. As amazing as her start appeared, Fraser only had the fourth fastest reaction time in the field.
United States (USA)
Prior to the competition, the following records were as follows.
|World record||Florence Griffith Joyner (USA)||10.49||Indianapolis, United States||16 July 1988|
|Championship record||Marion Jones (USA)||10.70||Seville, Spain||22 August 1999|
|World leading||Kerron Stewart (JAM)||10.75||Rome, Italy||10 July 2009|
|African record||Glory Alozie (NGR)||10.90||La Laguna, Spain||5 June 1999|
|Asian record||Li Xuemei (CHN)||10.79||Shanghai, China||18 October 1997|
|North American record||Florence Griffith Joyner (USA)||10.49||Indianapolis, United States||16 July 1988|
|South American record||Lucimar de Moura (BRA)||11.17||Bogotá, Colombia||25 June 1999|
|European record||Christine Arron (FRA)||10.73||Budapest, Hungary||19 August 1998|
|Oceanian record||Melinda Gainsford-Taylor (AUS)||11.12||Sestriere, Italy||31 July 1994|
|A time||B time|
|August 16, 2009||11:55||Heats|
|August 16, 2009||18:35||Quarterfinals|
|August 17, 2009||19:05||Semifinals|
|August 17, 2009||21:35||Final|
|KEY:||q||Fastest non-qualifiers||Q||Qualified||NR||National record||PB||Personal best||SB||Seasonal best|
Qualification: First 3 in each heat(Q) and the next 5 fastest(q) advance to the quarterfinals.
Qualification: First 3 in each heat(Q) and the next 4 fastest(q) advance to the semifinals.
First 4 of each Semifinal qualified directly (Q) for the final.
|1||6||Shelly-Ann Fraser||Jamaica (JAM)||0.156||10.79||Q, SB|
|2||4||Kerron Stewart||Jamaica (JAM)||0.155||10.84||Q|
|3||5||Lauryn Williams||United States (USA)||0.148||11.01||Q, SB|
|4||3||Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie||Bahamas (BAH)||0.146||11.03||Q|
|5||7||Kelly-Ann Baptiste||Trinidad and Tobago (TRI)||0.141||11.07|
|6||2||Verena Sailer||Germany (GER)||0.149||11.24|
|7||8||Tahesia Harrigan||British Virgin Islands (IVB)||0.146||11.34|
|8||1||Ayanna Hutchinson||Trinidad and Tobago (TRI)||0.169||11.58|
|1||4||Carmelita Jeter||United States (USA)||0.144||10.83||Q, PB|
|2||3||Veronica Campbell-Brown||Jamaica (JAM)||0.148||11.00||Q|
|3||5||Chandra Sturrup||Bahamas (BAH)||0.127||11.01||Q|
|4||6||Aleen Bailey||Jamaica (JAM)||0.199||11.16||Q|
|5||8||Muna Lee||United States (USA)||0.179||11.18|
|6||1||Vida Anim||Ghana (GHA)||0.125||11.43|
|7||7||Semoy Hackett||Trinidad and Tobago (TRI)||0.131||11.45|
|8||2||Eleni Artymata||Cyprus (CYP)||0.164||11.49|
|3||Shelly-Ann Fraser||Jamaica (JAM)||0.146||10.73||WL, NR|
|4||Kerron Stewart||Jamaica (JAM)||0.170||10.75||=PB|
|5||Carmelita Jeter||United States (USA)||0.160||10.90|
|4||6||Veronica Campbell-Brown||Jamaica (JAM)||0.135||10.95||SB|
|5||8||Lauryn Williams||United States (USA)||0.158||11.01||SB|
|6||2||Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie||Bahamas (BAH)||0.130||11.05|
|7||7||Chandra Sturrup||Bahamas (BAH)||0.137||11.05|
|8||1||Aleen Bailey||Jamaica (JAM)||0.173||11.16|
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