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Is Jeter's silver any less impressive?

Updated: August 5, 2012, 1:14 AM ET
By Jackie MacMullan | ESPN.com

LONDON -- Win a gold medal and you immediately are given a lifetime pass to strut with serious Olympic swagger.

But let's be candid, shall we? Some events carry a little more cachet than others. If you win the women's 100 meters, for instance, you score the glittery hardware and the coveted moniker as the fastest woman in the world.

No wonder America breathlessly awaited the speediest women's event in sports. The reigning world champion, Carmelita Jeter, was donning the ...

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