Fraser-Pryce takes women's 100-meters

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Of course the gold medal stays in Jamaica. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce wouldn't have it any other way.

A gold ribbon in her hair, the bubbly Jamaican made it back-to-back Olympic titles in the women's 100 meters Saturday night, closing ground over the last 20 meters and leaning at the line to win in 10.75 seconds and edge American Carmelita Jeter by .03 seconds.

Fraser-Pryce became the first woman to repeat in the 100 since Gail Devers of the United States in 1992 and 1996.

Veronica Campbell-Brown finished third for her second career 100-meter bronze. American Allyson Felix, who considers the 100 her tuneup for the 200, finished fifth in 10.89. Jamaica fell out of the running for a repeat of its sweep in Beijing after 2008 silver medalist Kerron Stewart failed to make it through the semifinals.

It is unlikely, however, that there will be much complaining in that island country, population 3 million, where the top industries are tourism -- and, of course, mining precious medals out of Olympic host sites.

Today, Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake will try to keep the gold coming in the men's 100 meter for Jamaica, which has six of the past seven medals awarded in the men's and women's Olympic sprinting events, including relays.

Bolt did what he had to do to advance to the 100-meter semifinals, overcoming a slow start to win his heat in 10.09 seconds. He dominated the Beijing Games four years ago, winning golds in world-record times in the 100, 200 and 4x100 relay -- something no man had done at an Olympics. At the '09 world championships, he lowered his 100 mark to 9.58, which still stands.

As expected, all five top contenders won their opening 100 heats: Jamaican Asafa Powell and '04 Olympic champion Justin Gatlin and Tyson Gay of the U.S., in addition to Bolt and Blake.

Bolt's reaction time Saturday was only sixth-best in his eight-man heat.

In the heats for the men's 400-meter, a tender left hamstring ended American LaShawn Merritt's quest to defend his Beijing gold. He began to slow down around the 150-meter mark, and, by the time he reached the far turn, he was done, hands on his hips, for a slow walk out of the stadium.

Mo Farah won the men's 10,000 meters to give Britain three gold medals in track and field in about one hour Saturday night.

The Somali-born Farah kicked away from a big pack coming into the final straight and won in 27 minutes, 30.42 seconds, holding off training partner Galen Rupp of the United States, who took silver in 27:30.90.

Tariku Bekele finished in 27:31.43 to pick up bronze for Ethiopia.

Jessica Ennis won the heptathlon and Greg Rutherford won the long jump for Britain.



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