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In the women’s 100, defending Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce won in a Jamaican-record 10.70 seconds — equaling the seventh-fastest time ever — with Veronica Campbell-Brown in second and Kerron Stewart third.
Fraser-Pryce’s form hadn’t been great for much of this year, but she got back into the flow with a 10.92 in New York earlier this month. She won easily over Campbell-Brown, who finished 0.12 seconds behind, at 10.82.
“I always had faith because of my training,” Fraser-Pryce said. “I came out here to do my best. I did my best. It worked out. I’m going to the Olympics.”
Campbell-Brown provided the surprise at the 2008 trials when she finished fourth in the final and didn’t make the 100 field.
She ended up winning her second straight 200 title at the Olympics and, this time, is back in line for a double.
“I don’t like to go back in the past,” Campbell-Brown said about the 2008 disappointment. “I’m just thankful for what I have today. I got my spot in the 100 meters. I’m happy for that.”
Left out this time was Sherone Simpson, who was part of the 100 medals sweep in Beijing. She finished fourth.
Earlier, the defending Olympic champion in the 400 hurdles, Melanie Walker, earned her return trip with a win in 54.77 seconds.
Bolt earned his spot on the Jamaican team, too, and knows there are four more weeks to go before the trip to London. That’s plenty of time to get in shape and get ready to — what? — catch someone instead of avoid being caught. The man who coaches them both, Glen Mills, said Blake came into this race in far better shape than Bolt.
“We’re right where we want to be, going into London,” Mills said. “We just want to keep them healthy. That’s the key.”
But there are two more days of racing left. It starts Saturday morning with qualifying heats in the 200.
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