English Gardner, already one of the fastest women in the history of Earth, ran the second fastest 100 of her life Saturday, winning the Prefontaine Classic in 10.81 at Hayward Field in Eugene.
Gardner, a native of Voorhees and graduate of Eastern High School, ranks No. 14 in world history with her 10.79 on the same track last summer. Her time Saturday is only 0.02 seconds off that personal-best and all-time No. 14 time.
The race was really no race. Tianna Bartoletta was the only other woman under 11 seconds, second in 10.94.
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The only woman to run faster in the world this year is American Tori Bowie, who ran 10.80 at Doha in Qatar earlier this month.
Gardner’s previous season best was an 11.04 in Baie-Mahault, France, earlier this month.
Gardner is No. 7 in U.S. history. The only Americans to ever run under 10.76 are Florence Griffith-Joyner, who set the world record of 10.49 while under intense international suspicion; Carmelita Jeter, who ran 10.64 in Shanghai in 2009; and disgraced drug cheat Marion Jones, who ran 10.65 in 1998.
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