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Jamaican women continue sprinting legend
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Shelly-Ann Fraser led the other two Jamaicans to win all the women's 100 meters medals on Sunday evening at the Beijing Olympic Games.

Fraser clocked her personal best in 10.78 seconds before Sherone Simpson and Kerron Stewart finished, both in 10.98, and shared the silver.

Fraser said, "I just couldn't believe it but I had to calm down and stay relaxed."

Claiming to be inspired by fellow Jamaican Usain Bolt who sliced last night the men's 100m world record by three hundredths of a second to a stunning 9.69 seconds, Fraser said, "This is a crazy Bolt effect. I wanted to come out and do the same thing."

Simpson said, "We made history. Just like yesterday Bolt set a new world record. We are all great athletes and I'm very excited about the tremendous achievement we've made for our country."

"Today's victory boosts my confidence to win the 200m. We will also do well in the 4x100m. I believe we can beat the Americans," she said.

Commenting on Jamaica's medals sweep, Stewart said, "I don't know if I should cry, smile, jump. I think this is a fabulous thing for the three of us to win the medals and for Jamaica to get one, two, three. What else can you say?"

The Jamaican squad smashed the American fleet joined by Lauryn Williams, Muna Lee and Torri Edwards, who were hot candidates for the title before the Games.

Obviously upset, American Edwards, who not long ago clocked the season's best in the Olympic gold-equalling 10.78 seconds but finished last in the Olympic race, acknowledged a false start and expected a recall, which was no the case in the finals.

Edwards said, "For me it was an all around bad race from the start. I was so far behind. It just wasn't a good day."

Williams, who finished the fourth in a 0.05-second disadvantage of the bronze medalist, said Jamaicans were strong competitors. "We've dominated for years, and now it's their time."

The Jamaican women replayed the legend created by Bolt on Saturday night on the same track in the Olympic main venue.

(Xinhua News Agency August 17, 2008)

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