Carmelita Jeter

Carmelita Jeter

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Carmelita Jeter (; born November 24, 1979) is an American sprinter who specializes in the 100 meters. After a successful collegiate track career, a hamstring injury hampered much of Jeter's early professional career. She came to prominence in 2007, winning the 100 m bronze at the 2007 World Championships in Athletics and a gold at the World Athletics Final. She failed to make the American squad for the 2008 Beijing Olympics and began training with John Smith to improve her performance.

The following year she won a second World Championship bronze. However, greater performances followed, winning her second gold of the World Athletics Final in 10.67 seconds and winning the Shanghai Golden Grand Prix in 10.64 seconds after that. This made her the second fastest woman ever in the 100 m, beating Marion Jones's best and bringing her closer to Florence Griffith-Joyner's long standing world record. Currently she holds three of the top ten times ever run.

Early life

Jeter attended Bishop Montgomery High School. Initially, basketball was the preferred sport in her family, and her brother (Pooh Jeter) later joined the Sacramento Kings. Her basketball coach suggested that she try out track, and a 11.7 second run confirmed her natural talent for sprinting. Jeter set the...
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