LONDON (AP) - Just one year after winning the bronze medal in the 100-meter dash at the IAAF World Championships as one of the world's emerging sprint stars, Lady Tiger alum Kelly-Ann Baptiste earned a sixth-place finish in her first final at the Olympic Games with Saturday's finale at the Olympic Stadium.
In one of the most anticipated events of the Games of the XXX Olympiad, Baptiste crossed the finish line in a blistering 10.94 seconds to take sixth place overall in a star-studded field.
Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce defended her Olympic gold medal in 10.75 after entering the Olympic Games as the 2012 world leader with a seasonal-best time of 10.70. She beat Carmelita Jeter of the United States to the finish line for the gold as Jeter took home the silver medal with a seasonal-best time of 10.78 in the final. Jamaica's Veronica Campbell-Brown won bronze in 10.81.
Two Americans set personal bests while beating Baptiste to the tape as Tianna Madison clocked 10.85 for fourth place and Allyson Felix ran 10.89 for fifth place in the final event of Saturday's action.
While qualifying for her first Olympics final after running 11.00 for third place in the second semifinal on Saturday afternoon, Baptiste became just the second Lady Tiger in Olympics history to claim a spot in the final of the 100-meter dash as she improved upon her 22nd-place finish in Beijing four years ago.
LSU great Muna Lee made history in 2008 as the first Lady Tiger to advance to the 100-meter final in the Olympic Games as she earned a fifth-place finish for the United States in Beijing.
Fellow Lady Tiger alum and Trinidad & Tobago native Semoy Hackett came up short in the semifinals as she ran 11.26 for fifth place in the first of three semifinal heats on Saturday afternoon. Hackett earned 16th place in the semifinal round just one day after setting a personal best of 11.04 in her preliminary race. She lined up in the 100-meter semifinal for the second-straight Olympics following her debut in 2008.
Tiger legend Richard Thompson opened defense of his Olympic silver medal in the men's 100-meter dash on Saturday by lining up in the first of seven qualifying heats in the event.
While running in the same heat as American star Tyson Gay, Thompson opened his Olympic Games with a run of 10.14 to finish runner-up to the 10.08 by Gay in winning the heat. It was the only prelim heat run into a headwind as Thompson clocked 10.14 into a strong wind of 1.4 meters per second.
There were no surprises in men's 100-meter qualifying on Saturday as Jamaicans Yohan Blake (10.00), Asafa Powell (10.04) and Usain Bolt (10.09) joined Americans Ryan Bailey (9.88) and Justin Gatlin (9.97) in winning their respective preliminary heats. Great Britain's Dwain Chambers wrapped up the day by winning the seventh and final qualifying race with a run of 10.02.
Thompson will continue his run in the men's 100-meter dash on Sunday with the semifinal round running at 1:45 p.m. CT followed by the championship final at 3:50 p.m. in Sunday's finale.