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Wednesday, 17 July 2013
BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY : AFRO-JAMAICAN PROFESSIONAL SPRINTER WHO SPECIALIZES IN THE 100 metres and 200 metres : GOES INTO THE "HALL OF BLACK GENIUS "
BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY Kerron Stewart born 16 April 1984 is a Jamaican sprinter who specializes in the 100 metres and 200 metres. She is the 2008 Jamaican national champion in the 100 m clocking 10.80s. She defeated World Champion Veronica Campbell-Brown in the process and now is the 2008 Summer Olympics silver medalist after she tied with Sherone Simpson in a time of 10.98s. She also earned a bronze medal in the 200 metres at the 2008 Summer Olympics with a time of 22.00s. She was born in Kingston.
Stewart holds the fastest non-winning time for the women's 100 metres. In the 2009 World Athletics Championships from Berlin, she ran 10.75 seconds only to finish second to campatriot, Shelly-Ann Fraser who ran a 10.73 race. Stewart eventually anchored the Jamaican 4x100 m relay team to victory in a time of 42.06, in a great anchor-leg run alongside familiar rival, Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie of the Bahamas, who eventually claimed the silver medal
At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing she competed at the 100 metres sprint. In her first round heat she placed first in front of Ezinne Okparaeboand LaVerne Jones-Ferrette in a time of 11.28 to advance to the second round. There she improved her time to 10.98 seconds to win her heat in front ofLauryn Williams and Kim Gevaert. With 11.05 seconds in her semi final she won the race and earned her spot in the Olympic final. In a remarkable race with fellow Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser taking the gold, Stewart and Sherone Simpson both finished in 10.98 seconds to share the silver medal and to complete the Jamaican sweep. Together with Fraser, Simpson, Sheri-Ann Brooks, Aleen Bailey and Veronica Campbell-Brown she also took part in the 4x100 metres relay. In their first round heat (without Simpson and Stewart) they placed first in front of Russia, Germany and China. Their time of 42.24 seconds was the first time overall out of sixteen participating nations. With this result they qualified for the final in which they replaced Brooks and Bailey with Simpson and Stewart. Eventually they did not finish their race due to a mistake in the baton exchange.
Stewart came second in the 100 m at the 2009 Jamaican national championships, finishing in 10.93 s and qualifying for the 2009 World Championships.
At the 2009 IAAF Golden Gala, Stewart won a gold medal in the Women's 100m in front of Olympic Champion Shelly-Ann Fraser, with a time of 10.75s, which tied the meet record. This was the fastest time in ten years recorded by a woman in the event, and the third-fastest time ever recorded by a Jamaican, shy of Merlene Ottey's 10.74s and Shelly-Ann Fraser's 10.73 national record.
At the 2009 World Championships Kerron Stewart won a silver medal in 100m just two hundredths of a second behind Jamaican team mate Shelly-Ann Fraser equalling her personal best of 10.75 seconds and ensuring a Jamaican one-two. Stewart did not compete in the 200m due to an ankle injury, but was anchor for the Jamaican quartet that took gold in the 4x100m Relay.