US showdown with Jamaicans begins with women’s 100 metre beat
“We do enjoy racing against each other,” Campbell-Brown said. The Jamaicans really do. They keep outdoing the Americans.
There was Jamaica’s three-medal haul in the 100 four years ago. And two of the three medals in the women’s 200, too. “It didn’t matter who it was who beat you, you wanted a rematch and you wanted to get out there and prove yourself,” Felix said.
Heading into the last Olympics, this was actually viewed as a genuine rivalry, with opinions divided about which country was better. In the 100 final there was no doubt.
All three American runners, Muna Lee, Lauryn Williams and Torri Edwards, got off to slow starts, delayed off the block because they thought Edwards had false started. Jamaica was so good it won gold (Fraser-Pryce) and not one.—Agencies