An over-the-moon Maxine Simpson – the woman who gave birth to Jamaica’s ‘Pocket Rocket’ – says Olympic victory tastes sweeter the second time around. Simpson could hardly contain her joy after her daughter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce successfully defended her 100m title.
The bubbling mother told that she never doubted that her daughter could repeat her feat of four years ago. “This one is a bigger win for me because she came out (of the starting blocks) late. I saw when she came out late and I said ‘No, you have to step up on that because you have to give me the gold today’.” “I was shouting and saying, ‘Come on girl you can do it’,” she added. Fraser-Pryce’s 10.75s win in London cemented her place as Jamaica’s newest sprint darling. She is also the third woman to win back-to-back 100m titles at the Olympics.
Meanwhile, ESPN reports: A golden ribbon in her hair, the bubbly 25-year-old Fraser-Pryce made it back-to-back titles in the premier women’s event of the Olympics, closing ground over the last 20 meters Saturday night and leaning at the line to win in 10.75 seconds and edge Jeter by .03 seconds. [. . .] With the victory, Fraser-Pryce became the first woman to repeat in the 100 since Gail Devers of the U.S. in 1992 and 1996.
[. . .] What a way to start a historic weekend in Jamaica, where the 50th anniversary of the country’s independence from Britain is Monday. It was on Aug. 5, 1962, that the Union Jack was lowered for the final time at National Stadium in Kingston. In a picture-perfect bit of symmetry, the Jamaican flag will be raised Sunday — maybe Monday, too, if Usain Bolt or Yohan Blake or Asafa Powell win the men’s 100 — over Olympic Stadium in London for Fraser-Pryce’s medals ceremony.
“The excitement has already started,” she said. “For me, what’s really kind of exciting is we got our independence from England and now we’re here in England and we get our first medal. For me, that kind of tops it off.”
Another Jamaican, Veronica Campbell-Brown, finished third for her second career 100-meter bronze. The country fell out of the running for a repeat of its sweep in Beijing after 2008 silver medalist Kerron Stewart failed to make it through the semifinals. [. . .] But those with a sense of the history know what a big role women have played in turning sprinting into the national pastime. Merlene Ottey has nine Olympic medals, and Campbell-Brown just won her sixth. Now Fraser-Pryce has two golds.
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