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Jeter targets more records

Carmelita Jeter, the fastest woman in the world, has swapped the Californian sunshine for the grey skies of Glasgow to kick off her year.

The 33-year-old, who competes over 60 metres at the British Athletics Glasgow International Match on Saturday, was in the United States 4x100m relay team which at the London Olympics broke the 27-year-old East German world record.

Indeed, the quartet did not simply break it, they obliterated the old, seemingly untouchable, mark, set at the height of East Germany's state-sponsored doping programme by more than half a second.

"I believe that all records are touchable," said Jeter, who pointed to the clock which read 40.82 seconds as she anchored the team to gold.

"I always thought it (the 4x100m record) was doable. It's just the timing, the right people, getting the stick around, all of those things come into the equation.

"And the atmosphere was great. We were at a stadium where the atmosphere was very live, very energetic and that also helps you to run fast times.

"With the right conditions, the right people on the line, I believe all records can be broken at one time."

And that includes Florence Griffith-Joyner's 100m world record of 10.49s.

"It's a great record, but one day, with the right conditions, with the right everything, I'm sure it will also be broken," she said.

"I'm not saying that I'll be the person to do it, but one day it will be done.

"Just like no one ever thought that anyone would break this 4x100 record. It took some years for it to happen, but it was done."

Jeter, who trains in Culver City, Los Angeles, had to settle for silver in the individual 100m, but her personal best of 10.64s, second in the all-time rankings, suggests she is the one most likely to threaten Flo-Jo's legendary mark.

Having the East German sprint relay world record off top spot was seen as a blessing for athletics, given how tainted the country's performances were.

But for Jeter it was also a breakthrough for women's sprinting in an era when Usain Bolt hogs the headlines, however he runs.

"The feeling I got was people were very excited that the USA team was able to come out with the gold medal, and not only the gold medal but the world record," she said.

"I believe that it was a great movement in sport for women. I believe that we got a lot of people very excited that the women were stepping up and also breaking records.

"We definitely have come some way in the sport."

Jeter competes for a United States team tomorrow as they take on teams from Great Britain, Russia and Germany and a Commonwealth select side at the new Emirates Arena, one of the venues for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Also in action are Dwain Chambers over 60m and high jump bronze medallist Robbie Grabarz, while world 400m hurdles champion Dai Greene goes head to head with Olympic 800m finalist Andrew Osagie over 600m.

Four Paralympic events are also on the programme.