Carmelita “The Jet” Jeter, the fastest woman in the world, is in the midst of her third straight season as the top American sprinter with her second USA Outdoors 100m title and runner-up finish in the 200m.
Born and raised in Southern California, Carmelita got her athletic start in basketball; it wasn’t until high school that she found her love for speed. Basketball was the preferred sport in Carmelita’s family- her younger brother, Eugene, later joined the Sacramento Kings.
During her freshman year of high school, Carmelita’s basketball coach suggested that she try out for track to help keep in shape in off-season. Not only did Carmelita show up to tryouts wearing basketball high-top sneakers and basketballs shorts, she also ran an 11.7 second 100m in them, proving her natural talent for sprinting.
Upon graduating high school, Carmelita signed on with California State University, Dominguez Hills track team and became the University’s first U.S. Olympic trials qualifier. Carmelita went on to become the most decorated track & field athlete in the history of the school. While at Dominguez Hills, Carmelita also excelled off the track and acquired a degree in physical education.
2007, Carmelita’s first year on the professional track and field circuit, she not only took home her first medal in 100m at her first World Championships, she also set a then personal record with a time of 11.05. In the same season, Carmelita won a silver medal in the 60m at the USA Track and Field Indoor Championships and set another personal best with a time of 7.17 seconds.
After the 2008 season, Carmelita changed her coach, deciding to work with John Smith who had previously coached Olympic champion, Maurice Greene. Carmelita’s new coach began to completely remodel her running style, thus preparing her for greater success.
At the London Grand Prix, she placed first in the 100m, clocking a personal best of 10.92; it was the third fastest time at that point of the season. A week prior to the start of the World Championships, Carmelita was part of the US 4x100m relay team that ran the fastest women’s sprint relay in 12 years. Carmelita, Lauryn William, Allyson Felix and Muna Lee finished with a time of 41.58 seconds, bringing them to eighth on the all-time list.
Heading in as a favorite to the 2009 World Championships, Carmelita posted a lifetime best of 10.83, winning the second semifinal before finishing third in the final with a time of 10.90.
After the 2009 World Championships, Carmelita entered the IAAF World Athletics Final having won her last three races by a significant margin. She not only won the 100m, with a time of 10.67, but she also became the third fastest woman in history and set a championship record. This was the fastest 100m time in 12 years, a time which had only been bettered by Marion Jones and Florence Griffith-Joyner.
Carmelita proved herself to be the best once again by not only winning the Shanghai Golden Grand Prix, but setting a new personal best with a time of 10.64, making her the second fastest woman ever.
2010 proved to be a success for Carmelita as well. She was the USA Indoor champion in the 60m and finished first in six events that season, ranked #1 in the world by T&FN with a best of 10.82.
In 2011, Carmelita took home two gold medals in the 100m and the 4x100m relay and one silver medal in the 200m at the World Championships in Daegu.
At the 2012 Olympics, Carmelita won gold in the 4x100m relay, Silver in the 100m and Bronze in the 200m making her the first athlete to ever medal in both the 100m and 200m race at the Olympics.
Carmelita anchored the 2012 US Olympic 4x100m relay team that smashed the old record by more than a half of a second.
Carmelita’s official website is www.carmelitajeter.com
Olympic Gold Medalist, 4x100m Relay
Olympic Silver Medalist, 100m
Olympic Bronze Medalist, 200m
US Trials 100m, 1st Place (10.92)
US Trials 200m, 2nd Place (22.11)
Jamaica Invitational, 100m, 1st Place
Penn Relays, 4 x 100m Relay, 1st Place
USA Outdoor Champion, 100m (10.74)
USA Outdoor, 200m, 2nd Place
World Outdoor Championship, 100m, 3rd Place (10.90)
World Outdoor, 200m, 2nd Place
Brussels, 100m, 1st Place
Stockholm, 100m, 1st Place
London, 100m, 1st Place
Pre Classic, 100m, 1st Place
Monaco, 200m, 1st Place
Doha, 100m, 2nd Place
Zurich, 100m, 1st Place
Monaco, 100m, 1st Place
World Championships, 4×100 Relay, Anchored, 1st Place
Diamond League Champion, 100m
Diamond League Champion, 200m
Diamond League Champion, 100m
USA Indoor Champion, 60m
World Indoor, 100m, 3rd Place
Pre Classic, 100m, 3rd Place
Lausanne, 100m, 1st Place
Gateshead, 100m, 1st Place
Kingston, 100m, 1st Place
Daegu, 100m, 1st Place
Shanghai, 100m, 1st Place
2010, Monaco, 100m, 1st Place
2010, Oslo, 200m, 1st Place
USA Outdoor Champion, 100m
World Outdoor, 100m, 3rd Place
Nike Prefontaine Classic, 100m, 1st Place
Adidas Track Classic, 100m, 1st Place
Reebok Grand Prix, 100m, 1st Place
If you would like something signed by Carmelita, please send a self-addressed stamped envelope to:
Carmelita Jeter c/o USA Track & Field
132 East Washington Street, Suite 800
Indianapolis, IN 46204