DAEGU, South Korea (Reuters) - American Carmelita Jeter eased into the semi-finals of the women’s 100 metres on Sunday before promising a world championship final to rival that of the men’s for excitement.
Jeter, the second fastest women of all time, ran a modest 11.21 to win the opening heat and was later joined in the semi-finals by Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Veronica Campbell-Brown, who have won the last two world titles for Jamaica.
“It’s gonna be a hot one,” Jeter told reporters. “It might even be more exciting than the men’s.”
Jeter’s confidence was reflected in some very quick times in the opening round, where the top contenders tend to do just enough to progress.
Ivet Lalova of Bulgaria and Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare both ran 11.10 with Myriam Soumare of France third fastest in 11.12.
Defending champion Fraser-Price clocked 11.13 despite easing up at the end of her heat and her compatriot Kerron Stewart matched that time to win her heat.
Stewart, who won silver at the last worlds in Berlin and at the Beijing Olympics, also thought Monday’s final could produce some fireworks.
“I just wanted to put a complete race together,” she said. “When it comes to the final you will see the surprise.”
Reporting by Nick Mulvenney and Gene Cherry, Editing by Ossian Shine