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New Jersey's English Gardner Fails to Medal in 100-Meter Race

Jamaica's Elaine Thompson is the world's fastest woman, winning the 100-meter dash at the Rio Olympics Saturday, while New Jersey's own English Gardner failed to medal in the race.

Thompson defeated her countrywoman, two-time defending Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, with a time of 10.71 seconds.

American Tori Bowie took silver. Fraser-Pryce took bronze.

Gardner qualified for the finals Saturday night, finishing second in her semi-finals heat with a time of 10.90 seconds. Jamaican sprinter Elaine Thompson took first in the heat, finishing two tenths of a second faster than Gardner.

The Rio Olympics are the first for the Voorhees native, who says her goal is to "shock the world."

Gardner won silver medals at both the 2013 and 2015 World Championships.

The fastest man in the world — Usain Bolt, the two-time defending champion — also appears on the Rio track for the first time Saturday for preliminary heats.

The men's 100-meter finals are on Sunday, and Bolt has told his parents he's ready despite a sore hamstring. Brooklyn's Justin Gatlin is considered the best threat to stop him.

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