With just 25 days to go until the 2012 Summer Olympics, Rant Sports is shining the spotlight on some of the athletes who will be representing the United States in London later this month.
In this edition, we take a look at a member of the US Women’s Track and Field team, Carmelita Jeter.
Jeter, currently known as the “fastest woman in the world,” specializes in the 100-meter dash, an event that she has run faster than anyone else since the late, great fellow American sprinter, Florence Griffith Joyner. In fact, out of the ten fastest times ever recorded by a female in the 100 meter dash, Jeter holds 3 of them.
Raised in Southern California, Jeter was a six-time NCAA Division II All-American sprinter at California State University, Dominguez Hills.
After failing to qualify for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, Jeter has since done remarkably well on the big stage. At the World Championships in 2011, she captured the gold in the 100 meter dash and anchored the gold-medal winning 4×100 meter relay. She also won a silver in the 200 meters.
This month, Jeter qualified for her first Olympic Games by winning the 100-m dash at the Olympic Trials. She finished 2nd in the 200-m behind fellow US Olympian, Allyson Felix.
Jeter is expected to have a great Olympic debut, as she is the favorite to win the 100 m, one of the most popular track events in the Olympic Games.
She will likely be one of the stars of this year’s US Olympic Track and Field team, and is certainly one to keep an eye on. She is, after all, the “fastest woman in the world”.