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12:34 AM, Aug 5, 2012   |    comments
The racers come off the blocks as the gun sounds for the women's 100 meter final in London on Sat., Aug. 4, 2012 (Matt Kryger-USA TODAY Sports)
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Women's 100 Meters

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica outleaned world champion Carmelita Jeter of the United States and finished in 10.75 seconds Saturday night to win her second consecutive 100-meter Olympic gold medal.

The last woman to win the dash twice in a row was Gail Devers of the U.S. in 1992 and 1996.

Running with a gold chain dangling around her neck, Fraser-Pryce delivered the second-fastest Olympic 100 in history to edge Jeter, whose time was 10.78. Veronica Campbell-Brown of Jamaica, the 200 champion at the past two Summer Games, earned the bronze in 10.81.

The 5-foot-3 Fraser-Pryce has served a six-month doping suspension after taking a banned painkiller following a dental procedure.

She was the 2009 world champion in the 100.

Men's Long Jump
Greg Rutherford rode the atmosphere of a vocal, capacity crowd to win the long jump Saturday and deliver Britain its second Olympic track and field gold medal in a matter of minutes.

Rutherford collected his first medal in a major international meet with a best leap of 8.31 meters.

Mitchell Watt of Australia took silver in 8.16 and Will Claye of the United States secured bronze with a mark of 8.12.

Jessica Ennis won the heptathlon for Britain about 20 minutes before the men's long jump finished.

Heptathlon
Jessica Ennis has won the Olympic heptathlon gold medal for Britain, starting with a record in the hurdles and finishing off almost 36 hours later with an 800-meter run that was more like two victory laps of the packed, 80,000-seat stadium.

Ennis went into the last of her seven events with a lead of 188 points over Austra Skujyte of Lithuania and extended her margin by winning the last race Saturday in 2 minutes, 08.65 seconds.

The capacity crowd went wild as Ennis collapsed over the line. The stadium announcer said it was the first track and field gold medal for Britain in London since 1908.

She posted a total of 6,955 points, a British record. World champion Tatyana Chernova, a great second-day performer, finished strongly to take silver in 6,628. Lyudmyla Yosypenko of Ukraine with 6,618.

Former Bulldog Hyleas Fountain, who took silver in 2008, fell out of medal contention after a poor javelin throw knocked her from fifth to 27th place.

(The Associated Press contributed to this article)

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