2009 World Outdoor Championships bronze medalist Carmelita Jeter posted the fastest women's 100m time in 12 years with her victory over the weekend at the IAAF/VTB Bank World Athletics Final in Thessaloniki, Greece.
Jeter, who captured the U.S. title in June and posted a career best time of 10.83 seconds at the World Championships last month in Berlin, stormed out of the blocks and was never challenged before crossing the finish line first in 10.67 seconds, which is the third-fastest performance in history. World and Olympic champion Shelly Ann Fraser (JAM) was the runner-up in 10.89, with world silver medalist Kerron Stewart (JAM) finishing third in 10.90.
"When I saw the clock, I was in shock and in tears," Jeter said after the race. "When I got into the race and the gun went off I didn't think; I just ran to the line. Everything felt slow and when my coach says that it feels slow it's actually fast. So when I saw the clock I could not believe it because I felt like I was running 10.9."
Jeter, who also won the World Athletics Final in 2007, has been undefeated since the Berlin World Championships, posting wins in Zurich, Gateshead and Brussels. She intends to wrap up her season this month with meets in Shanghai and Daegu.
Other U.S. winners in Thessaloniki included Sanya Richards, who earlier this year won the women's 400m gold medal at the World Championships in Berlin, and secured a one-third share of the 2009 IAAF Golden League $1,000,000 jackpot with her win recently at the Memorial Van Damme in Brussels, Belgium.
Richards won the 400m in 49.95 seconds, and also ran well in the women's 200 meters with her seasonal best time of 22.29 seconds. Three-time World Outdoor Champs 200m gold medalist Allyson Felix posted the identical time and was declared the victor in a photo finish.
Americans took the top two spots in the women's 800 meters with 2009 USA Outdoor Championships 1,500m third-place finisher and former American 3,000m steeplechase record holder Anna Willard winning the race in 2:00.20, with 2009 World Champs team member Maggie Vessey the runner-up in 2:00.31.
In field event action, 2009 World Outdoor champion Brittney Reese set a WAF record with her win in the women's long jump with her best leap of 7.08 meters/23 feet 2.75 inches. Reese owns the top four jumps in the world this outdoor season.
For more information on the 2009 World Athletics Final, including the complete results, visit: www.iaaf.org.
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