Athletics at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Women's 100 metres
|Women's 100 metres
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
|Venue||Beijing National Stadium|
|Dates||August 16 (heats)
August 17 (semifinal and final)
|Competitors||85 from 69 nations|
|Winning time||10.78 s|
|Athletics at the
2008 Summer Olympics
|100 m hurdles||women|
|110 m hurdles||men|
|400 m hurdles||men||women|
|4 × 100 m relay||men||women|
|4 × 400 m relay||men||women|
|20 km walk||men||women|
|50 km walk||men|
The qualifying standards for the 2008 event were 11.32 s (A standard) and 11.42 s (B standard).
Jamaica dominated the event with athlete Shelly-Ann Fraser taking the gold and Sherone Simpson and Kerron Stewart taking the silver. Officially, no bronze medal was awarded as Simpson and Stewart finished with an equal time of 10.98 seconds in the second place. Taking all three medals, it was a Jamaican sweep.
While in the set position, American sprinter Torri Edwards twitched before the gun, and apparently anticipated a recall; however, there was no recall gun, and Edwards finished last. After the race, US Track & Field officials appealed for a recall, claiming that Edwards had false started, but the appeal was rejected and the result stood. Despite Edward's assertions, she actually had a reaction time of 0.179 seconds, which was not the fastest or the slowest of the eight runners. It is possible, therefore, that when she twitched, Edwards had not applied enough pressure on the blocks to trigger a warning, or she might have twitched her upper body but left her feet solid."
Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows:
|World record||Florence Griffith-Joyner (USA)||10.49 s||Indianapolis, United States||16 July 1988|
|Olympic record||Florence Griffith-Joyner (USA)||10.62 s||Seoul, South Korea||24 September 1988|
No new world or Olympic records were set for this event.
All times shown are in seconds. The following abbreviations are used:
Qualification: First 3 in each heat (Q) and the next 10 fastest (q) advance to the Round 2.
Qualification: First 3 in each heat (Q) and the next 1 fastest (q) advance to the Semifinals.
Qualification rule: First 4 in each heat (Q) advance to the final.
|2||4||Muna Lee||United States||0.155||11.06||Q|
|3||7||Lauryn Williams||United States||0.174||11.10||Q|
|Wind: –0.7 m/s|
|2||4||Torri Edwards||United States||0.174||11.18||Q|
|3||3||Jeanette Kwakye||Great Britain||0.156||11.19||Q|
|Wind: –0.2 m/s|
|4||8||Lauryn Williams||United States||0.149||11.03|
|5||5||Muna Lee||United States||0.234||11.07|
|6||9||Jeanette Kwakye||Great Britain||0.161||11.14||PB|
|8||6||Torri Edwards||United States||0.179||11.20|
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