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The fastest women in the world

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As a follow up to our piece we did on the male sprinters, we felt the ladies deserve a bit of attention too. The top short distance sprinters also seem to hail mostly from America and Jamaica, with them constantly vying for the top spot. The difference is the ladies tend to keep to themselves and stay out of the spotlight a lot more than the men do. These are the most prominent female sprinters I could find so far. There are a lot of young ones starting to show potential, but let’s give them their chance to shine first.

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (Jamaica)

The 25 year old rose to prominence in the 2008 Beijing Olympics as she was the first woman and non- American from Jamaica to win gold in the 100m, a title which she successfully defended in the 2012 London Olympics. She is nicknamed “the pocket rocket”, and coming in at 1.52 m and 55kg, one can understand why. She is the fourth fastest 100m female sprinter of all time with a personal best of 10.70 seconds set this year. In 2010, she tested positive for a banned substance after using pain medication. This was not a performance enhancing drug, so she was only banned from competing for 6 months.

Carmelita Jeter (America)

The 32 year old that specialises in the 100m is ranked the second fastest woman of all time. A recurring hamstring problem kept her out of competing from 2003  – 2005, and because of this she only really made an impact in athletics from 2007. Sadly, she didn’t qualify for the 2008 Olympics, missing out on qualifying by 200th of a second. Because of her age, there have been a lot of questions about her fantastic performance, but she has brushed these rumours off, and has put her results down to hard work. So far as I can find, she has not tested positive for any banned substances. Because of her age, it will be interesting to see if she will push to compete in the 2016 Olympics.

Veronica Campbell Brown (Jamaica)

The 30 year old specialises in the 100m and 200m and is the reigning World Champion in the 200m. She is also a 7 time Olympic medallist having competed in 2000 in Sydney, 2004 Athens, in 2008 Beijing and this year in the London Olympic Games. She is one of only eight athletes to compete and win World Championships at youth, junior and senior levels.

Allyson Felix (America)

The 26 year old is a track and field athlete who specialises in the 200m. She also competes in the 100m and 400m. Her three gold medals won at the 2012 London Olympic games are the most a female track athlete has won since 1988. At 18 years old, she was already competing in the 2004 Athens games, and brought home her first silver medal in the 200m. Veronica Campbell Brown seems to be a bit of a rival for her, with Felix always losing to her, but this year she finally managed to beat her in the 200m, bringing home a gold medal.

Written for The Pundits by @KimGreyling

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