English Gardner keeps getting faster! Would you believe 10.79? OMG!!!!!!!!

e4fb166e-0346-42cd-ae3f-cc9bae533737Eastern High School graduate English Gardner continued her resurgent 2015 season in Eugene this weekend, lowering her PR from 10.84 to 10.79 and moving up from No. 12 in U.S. history all the way to a tie for No. 7.

Gardner’s is now fastest in the world this year, tied with Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who ran the same time in Kingston, Jamaica, on the same day.

This is the second PR in three weeks for Gardner, who lowered her lifetime best from 10.85, set at the 2013 nationals in Des Moines to 10.84 three weeks ago on the same track at Hayward Field on the University of Oregon campus in Eugene where USATF nationals are being held this weekend.

Gardner’s best last year was 11.01, so she’s already a ridiculous 22/100ths of a second faster this year than last year.

With her second-place finish, Gardner earned a spot on the U.S. team that will compete in the IAAF World Championships in Beijing Aug. 22-30.

“I had an amazing day,” Gardner said, according to the USATF web site. “If you had asked me two months ago if English Gardner would make the U.S. team, I’d have said, ‘Heck, no.’ The 10.79 is just a plus – the cherry on the cake.”

Gardner ran her 10.79 with a legal 1.5 wind in the trials on Friday. She followed with a 10.84 with 1.5 in the semifinals and a 10.86 with a 1.2 in the final, where she finished just behind Tori Bowie, who ran 10.81.

Gardner is also the fastest Amercan in six years, since Carmelita Jeter ran 10.64 in 2009. Two of the six Americans in history faster than Gardner — Marion Jones and Torri Edwards — were suspended for banned substances. Another, the late Florence Griffith-Joyner, was long suspected but never caught.

Here is the updated all-time U.S. list (the times for Jones and Edwards are their fastest during periods preceding their known use of banned substances, as per IAAF policy):

  • 10.49 … Florence Griffith-Joyner (1988)
  • 10.64 … Carmelita Jeter (2009)
  • 10.65 … Marion Jones (1998)
  • 10.76 … Evelyn Ashford (1984)
  • 10.78 … Dawn Sowell (1989)
  • 10.78 … Torri Edwards (2008)
  • 10.79 … Inger Miller (1999)
  • 10.79 … English Gardner (2015)
  • 10.80 … Tori Bowie (2014)
  • 10.82 … Gail Devers (1992)
  • 10.82 … Gwen Torence (1994)
  • 10.83 … Sheila Echols (1988)
  • 10.85 … Muna Lee (2008)
  • 10.85 … Tianna Bartoletta (2012)
  • 10.85 … Barbara Pierre (2013)

Gardner’s time equals No. 14 in world history, according to the IAAF all-time rankings:

  • 10.49 … Florence Griffith-Joyner (1988)
  • 10.64 … Carmelita Jeter (2009)
  • 10.65 … Marion Jones (1998)
  • 10.70 … Shelly-Ann Frasier-Pryce, Jamaica (2012)
  • 10.73 … Christine Arron, France (1998)
  • 10.74 … Marlene Ottey, Jamaica (1996)
  • 10.75 … Kerron Stewart, Jamaica (2009)
  • 10.76 … Evelyn Ashford (1984)
  • 10.76 … Veronica Campbell-Brown, Jamaica (2011)
  • 10.77 … Irini Privalova, Russia (1994)
  • 10.77 … Ivet Lalova, Bulgaria (2004)
  • 10.78 … Dawn Sowell (1989)
  • 10.78 … Torri Edwards (2008)
  • 10.79 … Inger Miller (1999)
  • 10.79 … English Gardner (2015)
  • 10.79 … Xuemei Li, China (1997)
  • 10.79 … Blessing Okagbare, Nigeria (2013)
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