CaribWorldNews, BERLIN, Germany, Tues. Aug. 18., 2009: Jamaica`s women picked up exactly where their male counterparts left off yesterday, creating history again, this time in the women`s 100-meters in Berlin.
Olympian Shelly-Ann Fraser won the women`s 100-m in 10.73 seconds. Her win came a day after Usain Bolt retained his place as the world`s fastest man by shattering his own 2008 Olympic 100-m record.
Fraser and fellow Jamaican, Kerron Stewart left the U.S. in their dust as they grabbed the gold and silver, respectively at the 12th IAAF World Championships in Berlin Germany.
Fraser`s run, which broke her own record, equals the third fastest in history.
It was undoubtedly Fraser`s bullet start and pick up that won her the race.
Stewart was second in a time of 10.75, a personal best. Jamaica`s Veronica Campbell Brown was fourth in a time of 10.95 after being edged out by the US` Carmelita Jeter for the third spot.
Jamaica`s Prime Minister, Bruce Golding, again hailed the top athletes yesterday. In a message just minutes after their victorious run, the prime minister said the seeming ease with which Fraser won in 10.73 seconds, was the result of hard work and determination.
`Jamaica is on top of the world again this afternoon with these victories by our athletes. We are all brimming with pride and joy thanks to our athletes who have been performing so excellently in Berlin.
And he remained optimistic that more wins will be registered. `I want to encourage the other competitors to stay focused, concentrate your energies so that we can bring home more world records and gold medals to our island,` PM Golding said.
Meanwhile, Cuba`s Yargeris Savigne and Mabel Gay, yesterday took the top two spots in the finals of the triple jump at the IAAF World Championships.