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World's fastest women: Olympians who conquered the 100M sprint
The largely celebrated 100-meter dash is the shortest common outdoor running events and one of track and field's most popular. Jamaica dominated the event in 2008 when Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser sprinted to take home the gold. 

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Paris Olympic Games 1924: Betty Robinson of the United States crossed the line in 12.2 seconds to win the first women's gold medal. 

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England Olympic Games 1948: Fanny Blankers-Koen crossed the finish line in 11.9 seconds to bring home the gold for the Netherlands.

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Finland Olympic Games 1952: Australia's Marjorie Jackson sprinted across the line in 11.5 seconds to take home the gold. 

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Melbourne Olympic Games 1956: Australian track star Betty Cuthbert continued her country's dominance as she crossed the finish line for gold in 11.5 seconds. She was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1979. 

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Rome Olympic Games 1960: Australia's win streak came to an end when Wilmar Rudolph of the United States crossed the finish line in 11.0 seconds to win the gold. 

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Los Angeles Olympic Games 1984: The host country nabbed gold in the 100-meter sprint when Evelyn Ashford crossed the line in 11.0 seconds. 

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Seoul Olympic Games 1988: Perhaps the only thing that amazed fans more than Florence Griffith Joyner's 10.97-second dash for gold, was the American star's outlandish nails. 

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Barcelona Olympic Games 1992: United States standout Gail Devers continued the country's winning streak in the 100-meter sprint when she crossed the line in 10.94 seconds. She would win the event again four years later in the Atlanta Olympics.

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Sydney Olympic Games 2000: United States star Marion Jones won but later admitted to taking performance-enhancing drugs, and she relinquished all of her medals from 2000.

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Athens Olympic Games 2004: Belarusian sprinter Yulia Nesterenko won her country's first gold medal in the event when she finished the race in 10.93 seconds. 

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Beijing Olympic Games 2008: When Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser won the 100-meter sprint in 10.78 seconds, she helped to secure Jamaica's dominance, as fellow Jamaican Usain Bolt also won gold in the event.

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London Olympic Games 2012: Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica won her second consecutive 100-meter Olympic gold medal by winning the final in 10.75 seconds.

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World's fastest women: Olympians who conquered the 100M sprint

The largely celebrated 100-meter dash is the shortest common outdoor running events and one of track and field's most popular. Jamaica dominated the event in 2008 when Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser sprinted to take home the gold. 

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