Tuesday, August 30, 2011


Carmelita Jeter
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Carmelita Jeter 4
World Challenge, Kingston in Jamaica
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Carmelita Jeter (born November 24, 1979) is an American sprinter who specializes in the 100 meters. After a successful collegiate track career, a hamstring injury hampered much of Jeter's early professional career. She came to prominence in 2007, winning the 100 m bronze at the 2007 World Championships in Athletics and gold at the World Athletics Final. She failed to make the American squad for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. 
The following year she won a second World Championship bronze. However, greater performances followed, winning her second gold of the World Athletics Final in 10.67 seconds and winning the Shanghai Golden Grand Prix in 10.64 seconds after that. This made her the second fastest woman ever in the 100 m, beating Marion Jones's best and bringing her closer to Florence Griffith-Joyner's long standing world record. Currently she holds three of the top ten times ever run.

Carmelita Jeter
(From Malibu MAGAZINE at malibumag.com)

Being the second-fastest woman in history to run the 100-meter dash with a record time of 10.64 seconds, it is no wonder that Carmelita Jeter was born with the word ‘Jet’ in her name. Jeter has won several medals in the 100-meter and 200-meter at the World Championships, the USA Championships and the Olympic trials to name a few.
Jeter was born in Gardena, Calif., and graduated from Cal State Dominguez Hills. The All-American athlete is herself a treasured trophy to CSDH, as she has won the most medals for track and field in the history of the university.
(Malibu MAGAZINE at malibumag.com)

Carmelita Jeter
Fourth fastest finisher in the heats of the women's 100m dash
2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials
Hayward Field in Eugene
Photo by Thomas Boyd / The Oregonian at oregonianphoto.com

In 2008, Jeter competed at the 100 and 200 m U.S. Olympic trials. Although she set a 100 m best of 10.97 seconds in the quarter-finals, she did not progress beyond the semifinals, finishing just two hundredths out of the qualifying positions. A sixth place finish in the 200 m meant she had not made the 2008 Summer Olympics team, despite being one of the favorites for selection. She qualified for the 100 and 200 m races at the 2008 World Athletics Final but only managed fourth and fifth place, respectively. She changed coach in November, deciding to work with John Smith, who had previously coached athletes such as Maurice Greene. Smith began completely remodeling Jeter's running style.

W100m start Zurich 20009
From all-athletics.com

At the 2009 World Athletics Championships, in Berlin, Jeter was one of the favorites for the gold medal as 10.83 seconds personal best in the semis made her the fastest qualifier for the final. She ended up with her second World Championship bronze medal in the 100 m, however, finishing a tenth of a second behind Fraser and Stewart. The races after the championships proved more successful: she beat strong opposition in the IAAF Golden League meets in Zurich and Brussels with two sub-10.90 runs.
Jeter was also selected to run as part of the US relay team as the anchor runner. However, in their heat, during the change over between Alexandria Anderson and Muna Lee, Lee horrifically injured her leg which caused elimination from the relay event. Jamaica eventually claimed the gold medals

Carmelita Jeter
Doha WICH 2010
From all-athletics.com

Doha WICH 2010
From all-athletics.com

Carmelita Jeter
Wins the women's 100 meter run with a time of 10.70
The Prefontaine Classic Track Meet on Saturday, June 4, 2011
Hayward Field in Eugene, OR
Tyler Tjomsland / The Oregonian at photos.oregonlive.com

Marshevet Myers, Carmelita Jeter, Alexandria Anderson
100 m Final, June 24, 2011
2011 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships
Eugene, Oregon

Women's 100 meter dash final
2011 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships
Eugene, Oregon
Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images North America
From zimbio.com

Carmelita Jeter
Carmelita Jeter winning her heat in the 100m
AVIVA London Grand Prix (Aug 2011)
From asportsphoto.wordpress.com

Carmelita Jeter
Carmelita Jeter wins the 100m Womens final in a time of 10.93s
AVIVA London Grand Prix (Aug 2011)
From asportsphoto.wordpress.com

Jeter speaks with a southern drawl – "Everybody is like, 'Where are you from?' I'm like, LA!" she laughs. It's not the only assumption made about her. Being the fastest woman alive in a discipline so tainted by drugs invites a measure of skepticism and Jeter coolly pre-empts the inevitable questions about doping. "I got so much negative press after I ran 10.64 like, 'Is she clean? Is she this? Is she that?'". She is realistic enough to concede that running faster than the convicted drugs cheat Marion Jones and closest to Griffith-Joyner is going to raise eyebrows – perhaps even among fellow competitors. After the Beijing Olympics the Jamaican Veronica Campbell said even 10.6 was out of reach. "How many have even run 10.6 in the past 20 years since Flo Jo set that record?" she asked. The answer, before Jeter did so, was only the disgraced Jones.
"You know that's honestly the first thing I heard after that race," says Jeter now. "It was like 'Well she's faster than Marion and a little slower than Flo-Jo, hmm.'" She purses her lips. "I look at it like this; I surround myself with people that care about me. They know I'm going to practice every day, that I'm in the weight room every day, that I'm working my butt off. The other people I don't have time for. You can whisper under your breath all you want but I don't give an s-h-i-t. It's unfortunate that I work this hard and I don't get the credit I should get but that's life."
Being thick-skinned is her only option. In the online forums, speculation over her improved performances – prior to 2008 she had not run below 11 seconds – is rife, with bloggers comparing before and after photos of her musculature. The comments are hurtful. "My grandmother called me one day, crying. She watched one of my races on YouTube and she read the comments underneath it. She said, 'Why are these people calling you this and that?' I was like, 'Grandma, stop reading the comments please'. She was very emotional, she was a mess. I had to calm her down. That day was the worst, she had me crying."
But from her family she gains her strength. "My dad always says when people stop talking about you that's when you're not doing anything. In 2008 I wasn't running good and there was nobody talking about me. When you start running well everybody will talk about you. Good and bad your name's in somebody's mouth, so I'm like, 'Hey, keep my name in your mouth!' When you stop talking about me that's when I'm going to worry.
"I can't be upset about those questions because we have a person who everybody adored for years and then she got caught in a scandal (Jones). Then we have another person who everybody adored but there's a lot of, 'he said, she said' about them (Flo-Jo). I mean I understand that I'm in the middle of them. But there's nothing I can do about it. What do you want me to do? Run slow?"
(Carmelita Jeter bears the burden of being the fastest woman alive by Anna Kessel at guardian.co.uk)

2 x World Championships Bronze medallist
1 x World Indoor Championships Bronze medallist
2 x World Athletics Final Gold medallist
2 x World Championships finalist
1 x Diamond League meeting winner
3 x Golden League meeting winner

Personal Bests:
23.02.2002 50m ind. 6.69 Los Angeles (USA)
21.01.2008 55m ind. 6.84 Fresno (USA)
28.02.2010 60M ind. 7.02 Albuquerque (USA)
20.09.2009 100m 10.64 +1.2 Shanghai (CHN)
22.07.2011 200m 22.20 -0.4 Monaco (MON)
18.01.2003 200m ind. 25.33 Nampa (USA)
04.04.2009 400m 53.08 Los Angeles (USA)
01.09.2007 4x100m 42.24 Osaka (JPN)

2011: USA Outdoor champion in the 100m (10.74)... 2nd at USA Outdoors in the 200m... 1st at Stockholm (11.15)... 1st at London (10.93)... 1st at Pre Classic (10.70)... 1st at Monaco in 200m (22.20)... 2nd at Doha (10.95)... 3rd at Birmingham in the 200m (22.62)
2010: 3rd at World Indoors (7.05)...USA Indoor champion (7.02)...3rd at Pre Classic (10.83)... 1st at Lausanne (10.99)...1st at Gateshead (10.95)...1st at Kingston (10.94)...1st at Daegu (11.00)...1st at Shanghai (11.09)...1st at Monaco (10.82)...1st at Oslo at the 200m (22.54)...ranked #1 in the world by T&FN…best of 10.82.
2009: 3rd at World Champs (10.90)...USA Outdoor champion (10.78w)…1st at Nike Prefontaine Classic (10.85w)...1st at adidas Track Classic (11.09)...1st at Reebok Grand Prix (10.85w)...1st at Mt. SAC (10.96PR)...1st at Brussels (10.88)...1st at World Athletic Final (10.67PR)...1st at Shanghai (10.64PR)...1st at Daegu (10.83)...best of 10.64.
2008: 6th at Olympic Trials in 200m (22.35)...9th in Olympic Trials semi-finals in 100m (11.05)...5th in 100m at Nike Prefontaine Classic (11.07)…2nd in 200m (22.65) and 6th in 100m (11.16) at Reebok Grand prix…2nd in 200m (22.47) and 5th in 100m (11.26) at adidas Track Classic...ranked #6 in the U.S. by T&FN...best of 11.05.
2007: 3rd at World Outdoors (11.02PR)...3rd in 100m at USA Outdoors (11.17)…USA Indoor 60m runner-up (7.17)…4th in 100m at adidas Track Classic (11.05PR)…1st in 100m at Mt. SAC Relays (11.16)…1st in 100m and 200m at Oxy Invitational (11.22, 22.82PR)…2nd in 100m at Monaco (11.11)…2nd in 100m at Heusden (11.05w)…1st in 60m at Azusa Pacific Qualifier (7.16)...ranked #3 in the world (#2 U.S.) by T&FN...bests of 11.02 and 22.82.
2006: USATF National Club championships 100m runner-up (11.49), 200m champion (23.67PR)…8th in 100m at adidas Track Classic (11.59)…2nd in 100m at Oxy Invitational (11.48)…3rd in 100m at Steve Scott Invitational (11.65)…3rd in 100m at Mt. SAC Relays (11.60)…Claremont Classic 100m runner-up (11.65), 200m champion (23.81)
2005: Did not compete (Injured)
2004: Claremont Classic 100m runner-up (11.80), 200m runner-up (24.33)…Southern California Association Age-Group champs 100m champion (11.74), 200m champion (24.02)
2003: NCAA Div. II 100m runner-up (11.79), 3rd in 200m (23.67PR)
(USA TRACK & FIELD at usatf.org)

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