3 Jamaican Women advance to Semi-Finals.
Mi gente it’s that time. The Track and Field segment of the Rio 2016 Olympics. Be advised there is scant online video footage to share due to the hard-core broadcast rigts regime of the IOC (International Olympic Committee). I save commentary for a later post as I commit to the joy of human athletic excellence and performance presented at this quadrennial gathering.
The results presented above are official courtesy the International Association of Athletics Federation. The raw data. These results fit well within my anticipation of an scorching, exciting and unpredictable 100 metres Final. Please note the Olympic Record of 10.62 secs standing since 1988 by Florence Griffith-Joyner(RIP). A more reasonable target than same Flo-Jo’s World Record of 10.49 secs also set in 1988.
2 time Olympic Champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce set the tone with a confident leading time of 10.96 secs. The tale of the tqualifiers’ ape paints early hints for the Semi-Finals. 11.00 secs Michelle-Lee Ahye of Trinidad and Tobago ; 11.01 secs Marie -Josee Ta Lou of Cote D’Ivoire ; 11.08 secs Desiree Henry of Greaat Britain ;11.09 English Gardner of USA ; 11.13 secs Tori Bowie of USA ;11.16 secs Blessing Okagbare of Nigeria ; 11.16 secs Dafne Schippers of The Netherlands ; 11.17 secs Murielle Ahoure of Cote D’Ivoire ; 11.19 Mujinga Kambundji of Switzerland ; 11.21 secs Elaine Thompson of Jamaica. ; 11.23 secs Tianna Bartoletta of USA ; 11.24 secs Ewa Swoboda of Poland; 11.25 secs Rosangela Santos of Brazil ; 11.27 secs Christiana Williams of Jamaica ;11.30 secs Natalia Pohrebniak of Ukraine ; 11.31 secs Tatjana Pinto of Germany; …. 3 Jamaicans, 3 Americans and 2 Trinidadians , 2 Ukrainians and 2 Cote D’Ivorians qualified for the next stage, the Semi-Finals.
To date in 2016 the fastest times are by Elaine Thompson of Jamaica with 10.70 secs and Americans Bowie and Gardner also under 10.80 secs. While the Flying Dutch Woman Schippers is very popular newbie to sprints, her consistent good times have been more in the 200 metes where her closing strength overwhelms opponents in the last 50 metres. Also like Usain Bolt, she is inconsistent reaction speed out of the blocks. Mind you that can be a safety mechanism to avoid a false start which means instant disqualification, as Bolt learned in 2011 at Daegu, Korea. Anyone can win this women’s 100 metres with a decent time.Stay tuned.