Track and Field

Olympic Track Trials 2012: Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce Wins 200m at Jamaica Trials

BERLIN - AUGUST 17:  Shelly-Ann Fraser of Jamaica celebrates winning the gold medal in the women's 100 Metres Final during day three of the 12th IAAF World Athletics Championships at the Olympic Stadium on August 17, 2009 in Berlin, Germany.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
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Red ShannonFeatured ColumnistJuly 2, 2012

Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce, Jamaica's new national record-holder in the women's 100 meters, continued her torrid rampage with a convincing win in the 200 finals Sunday at the Jamaica Championships, which serve as that nation's Olympic Trials.

Fraser-Price had sent a warning shot across Team USA's bow on Friday evening with her stunning 10.70 seconds victory in the 100 finals.

Then, in a return volley on Saturday, Allyson Felix (21.69), Carmelita Jeter (22.11) and Sanya Richards-Ross (22.22) answered emphatically in the U.S. Olympic Trials 200 final.

Now, the Jamaicans have fired back with Fraser-Pryce's win (22.10), followed by Sherone Simpson (22.37) and Veronica Campbell-Brown (22.42), also in the 200.

Felix's world-leading 200 time is every bit as impressive as Fraser-Pryce's world-leader in the 100 and the two outstanding efforts only serve to illustrate the intense rivalry between the two sprint powerhouses.

In another related development, the agonizing wait for a resolution in the dead heat controversy for the third Olympic berth on the women's U.S. 100-meter team appears to be over.

Allyson Felix and Jeneba Tarmoh had both finished third in a perfect tie, inseparable by the most advanced timing technology available.

The USATF (U.S. track's governing body) has scheduled a runoff at Hayward Field on Monday afternoon at 5:00 p.m. Pacific time.

UPDATE: July 2, 2012 - Tarmoh has conceded. No runoff. Felix is on the 100-meter team.

With both the American and Jamaican Olympic track and field teams now finalized, the anticipation of the London Summer Games will begin to build in earnest.

There, the 100 and 200-meter finals should answer some questions that have been simmering since Beijing, 2008.

Questions may be answered, but something tells me the debate will never end.

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