30 Reasons To Watch: #27

Will Allyson Felix, the nation’s best sprinter for years, be upstaged by Carmelita Jeter, a late-blooming 32-year-old and the world’s second fastest woman?

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By Mike Tierney, Special to Universal Sports

They call her Jet, and not just because she could give one a run for its money during takeoff. U.S. sprinter Carmelita Jeter pronounces her last name JET-er.

Another appropriate nickname would be Late Bloomer. Jeter, 32, did not break out until 2007. Hampered before then by chronic hamstring injuries, the woman who had not taken up track until her high school basketball coach suggested it was worth a try nearly ran away from the sport.

Eventually, after a forgettable 2008 U.S. Trials, she began running toward fame and glory with supersonic efforts that peaked  at the 2011 World Championships. Jeter won the 100 meters and settled for second in the 200. As a result, one more moniker is fitting, at least until the Olympics: World’s Fastest Woman.

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