Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce had the year's best 100-meter time at 10.70, and the second-best time of 10.75, the latter of which earned her a second consecutive Olympic gold medal. Fraser-Pryce also won the Diamond League crown. Carmelita Jeter was second in London with the year's other sub-10.8 performance, finishing in 10.78. Another Jamaican, Veronica Campbell-Brown, won the World Indoor 60-meter title in 7.01 seconds.
In the 200 meters, Allyson Felix owned the top two times of 2012, posting a 21.69 at the U.S. Olympic Trials, then taking the London gold in 21.88. Sanya Richards-Ross, who attempted the 200-400 double at the Olympics, was third in the world at 22.09, although Fraser-Pryce and Jeter grabbed the London silver and bronze medals, respectively.
Russia's Antonina Krivoshapka posted the world's best 400-meter time, running a 49.16 in July. Richards-Ross was second at 49.28, but the American took the London gold in 49.55. Richards-Ross also tuned up for the outdoor season by dominating the indoor campaign. She posted the year's top four indoor times and earned the Istanbul World Indoor Championship gold in 50.79.