LONDON — Of course the gold medal stays in Jamaica. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce wouldn’t have it any other way.
The bubbly Jamaican made it back-to-back Olympic titles in the women’s 100 meters Saturday night, closing ground over the last 20 meters and leaning at the line to win in 10.75 seconds and edge American Carmelita Jeter by .03 seconds.
Fraser-Pryce became the first woman to repeat in the 100 since Gail Devers of the U.S. in 1992 and 1996.
Allyson Felix, of the U.S., who considers the 100 her tune-up for the 200, finished fifth in 10.89.
In his first appearance at the games, Usain Bolt did what he had to do to advance to the 100-meter semifinals, overcoming a slow start to win his heat in 10.09 seconds.
All five top contenders won their opening heats: Tyson Gay, Asafa Powell and 2004 Olympic champ Justin Gatlin and Yohan Blake.
Britian’s Greg Rutherford collected his first medal in a major international meet with leap of 8.31 meters to win the long jump. Will Claye, of the U.S., secured bronze with a mark of 8.12.
SWIMMING: The United States set a world record to win the women’s medley relay.
The Americans clocked 3 minutes, 52.05 seconds, slicing 0.14 off the previous mark set by China at the 2009 world championships.
Missy Franklin swam the leadoff backstroke leg, Rebecca Soni did the breaststroke, Dana Vollmer competed in butterfly and University of Georgia swimmer Allison Schmitt had the anchor leg in freestyle.
VOLLEYBALL: Maxim Mikhaylov scored 27 points and Russia snapped an 11-match winning streak for the U.S. men’s team in Olympic play with a 3-2 victory.
BEACH VOLLEYBALL: Two-time gold medalists Kerri Walsh Jennings and Misty May-Treanor beat the Netherlands in straight sets to advance to the quarterfinals of the Olympic beach volleyball tournament.
CYCLING: Britain’s women’s pursuit team won in a time of 3 minutes, 14.051 seconds to lower the world record they set earlier in the day. The U.S. took the silver medal.
ROWING: Triumphs for Britain in men’s four and the lightweight women’s double sculls took the host country’s tally of golds to four, one more then New Zealand.