By Gary Smith, World-Track
American Carmelita Jeter showed that she really did have an off day at the World Championships in Berlin when she clocked a magnificent 10.67seconds in a slight headwind to win the women’s 100m at the World Athletics Final here on Sunday.
Jeter, who has won every single race since losing to the Jamaicans in Berlin, finished with a super closing metres to overtake the rocket starting Shelly Ann Fraser, the woman who beat her for the world title last month.
The American might not have won the world title, but she proved that she is indeed the female sprint of the summer over this event, as she moved to number three on the all-time list.
"I couldn’t believe the time. It didn’t feel that fast but I will take it," said Jeter.
"It might be touchable now," she said. "I didn’t even know I would come out and do that time today but with a little bit more work under my belt I should go a lot faster."
Only Americans Florence Griffith Joyner, the world record holder in the evnt and the disgraced Marion Jones has gone faster .
Fraser was a distant second in 10.89secs with Stewart taking third in 10.90. Bahamian Chandra Sturrup finished fourth in 11.17, just ahead of Jamaican Sherone Simpson, at 11.20.