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Double century of sub-11s

Published:Sunday | September 20, 2015 | 9:00 AMHubert Lawrence
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Jamaican sprinters have beaten the 11-second benchmark of quality in the women's 100 metres more than 200 times.

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce brought the milestone within reach with her winning time of 10.76 seconds in the final of the recent World Championships. Then, steps later in the same race, Veronica Campbell-Brown hit the 200 mark for Jamaica.

Thirty years and a few months after Merlene Ottey became the first Jamaican to break the 11-second barrier, Campbell-Brown crossed the line in fourth in the World Championships final with a time of 10.91 seconds. An eye blink later and Natasha Morrison's personal best time of 10.96 seconds scored the 201st Jamaican sub-11.

Before the curtain came down on high-class sprinting for 2015, Fraser-Pryce added times of 10.93 in Zurich and 10.98 in Padova to bump the Jamaican sub-11 total to 203.

When Ottey registered Jamaica's first sub-11, she sped to a national record when she clocked 10.92 seconds at the 1985 Mount San Antonio Relays in Walnut, California. She broke the barrier more often than any other sprinter and ran her 67th and last sub-11 in 2000. That was a time of 10.99 in Thessaloniki, Greece.

Campbell-Brown, Fraser-Pryce, Kerron Stewart and Sherone Simpson are also major contributors to the Jamaica tally with 46, 37, 25 and 13 such 100-metre times, respectively.

Morrison and Elaine Thompson broke 11 seconds for the first time this year.

Juliet Cuthbert, Tayna Lawrence, Simone Facey and Bev McDonald are the other Jamaicans who have achieved the feat.

Only the USA has more entries on this list, seen on www.alltime-athletics.com, with a total of 300.