BERLIN (Reuters) - American champion Carmelita Jeter led a sparkling display of U.S.-Caribbean sprint power as she topped first-round qualifying in the women’s 100 meters at the world athletics championships on Sunday.
The world bronze medalist powered to the fastest first-round time, 11.22 seconds, as speedsters from the U.S. and Caribbean won eight of the nine heats.
Jamaican Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser proved to be the exception as she eased up to allow Brazil’s Lucimar de Moura to go through first, though both finished in 11.41 seconds.
Fraser’s three Jamaican compatriots were all winners. World champion Veronica Campbell-Brown, Beijing silver medalist Kerron Stewart and Aleen Bailey easily cruised through to the second round later on Sunday. Bailey was the quickest of the group at 11.29 seconds.
Stewart finished in 11.31 and Campbell-Brown, the two-time Olympic 200 meters champion, recorded 11.34.
American Lauryn Williams, who narrowly lost to Campbell-Brown in the 2007 world final, also advanced with a win, as did Trinidadian Kelly-Ann Baptiste and Bahamian veterans Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie and Chandra Sturrup.
Editing by Pritha Sarkar