LONDON -- Of course, the gold medal stays in Jamaica. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce wouldn't have it any other way.
A golden ribbon in her hair, the bubbly Jamaican made it back-to-back Olympic titles in the women's 100 meters Saturday night, closing ground over the last 20 meters and leaning at the line to win in 10.75 seconds and edge American Carmelita Jeter by .03 seconds.
Fraser-Pryce became the first woman to repeat in the 100 since Gail Devers of the U.S. in 1992 and 1996.
In Jamaica, though, they've been thinking about 1962 a lot of late. This weekend marks 50 years since the country became independent from Britain. Nice way to start the celebration.
"I want to tell Jamaica: Happy 50th anniversary," Fraser-Pryce said.
Another Jamaican, Veronica Campbell-Brown, finished third for her second career 100-meter bronze. The country fell out of the running for a repeat of its sweep in Beijing after 2008 silver medalist Kerron Stewart failed to make it through the semifinals.
But don't expect much complaining on the island, population 3 million, where the top industries are tourism and mining precious medals of the Olympic variety.
On Sunday, Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake will try to keep the gold coming for Jamaica, which has now won six of the last seven gold medals awarded in the men's and women's Olympic sprinting events, including relays.
Given Bolt's massive worldwide popularity, Fraser-Pryce sometimes
Four years ago, she was relatively unknown, a 21-year-old who first stunned her country, then the world, on her way to Olympic gold. There was a setback in 2010, a six-month ban for using a painkiller to treat a toothache.
"I felt like, 'What am I going to do? Everyone is going to think I'm a cheat,'" she said back then.
But she cleared her head, got back to work and showed, once again, a knack for peaking at exactly the right time.
What's more, she won the 200 at the Jamaican Olympic trials, as well. Preliminaries for that race start Monday night.
When the scoreboard finally flashed her in the No. 1 position, Fraser-Pryce dropped to the ground and cried. She ran to the stands, grabbed a Jamaican flag and paraded around with her teammate, Campbell-Brown, known as "VCB" on the island. She's not finished in London yet, either. VCB is the two-time defending champion in the 200, where she'll have Fraser-Pryce to contend with again, along with American Allyson Felix.
Felix, who considers the 100 her tuneup for the 200, finished fifth in 10.89 on Saturday.
She made the 100 meters after a week of tumult at U.S. trials, finishing in a dead heat for the third and final spot. She faced a run-off against the teammate she tied, but got the spot when that teammate withdrew at the last second.
"I'm happy. I got a personal best," Felix said. "I'm looking forward to the 200."
Jeter offered a great big smile after watching her visions of gold vanish by a sliver.
"Everyone wants to win, but I'm on the podium," Jeter said. "I'm the only American on the podium."
She's also one of the biggest enigmas in American track -- a late bloomer at age 32 and not much of a talker. She had been the favorite for this event until Fraser-Pryce, not on form through much of the early season, announced she was back with a 10.70 in Kingston last month.
Now, one of those questions any Olympian would love to be asked: Which gold means more?
"I'd have to say Beijing because I was inexperienced, I was young and I never believed I could. But I did," she said. "This year I came into the championship as a favorite, which was a first for me, so I was a bit nervous. But I believed in myself."
As magical a night as it was for the Jamaicans, the end of Fraser-Pryce's win was met with relative silence -- or maybe it just seemed that way compared to what had transpired over the previous hour or so.
This happened to be the day when the British finally had their big moment at their Olympics -- actually one of their best days at any Olympics.
In rapid succession, the host country won three straight gold medals.
With Prince William (wearing a red Great Britain Olympic ballcap) and his wife, Kate, alongside Prime Minister David Cameron, Jessica Ennis finished out her stirring heptathlon victory by winning the 800-meter finale in 2 minutes, 8.65 seconds. She finished the seven-event heptathlon with 6,955 points, 306 ahead of Lilli Schwarzkopf of Germany.
About 20 minutes later, Greg Rutherford parlayed that momentum to come out of nowhere and win the long jump, his first medal in a major international meet with a leap of 27 feet, 3¼ inches (8.31 meters).
Then, about another 20 minutes later, it was Mo Farah -- born in Somalia, training in Portland, Ore., competing for Britain -- who brought down the house, sprinting to the finish in the 10,000 meters for a win over his American training partner, Galen Rupp, in 27 minutes, 30.42 seconds. Farah slapped both hands on his head three times, curved back toward the finish line, then continued a celebration that will long be remembered here.
"I saw Jess, and I knew she won the gold, and I wanted to win the gold, too," Farah said. "As I came through the tunnel, people shouting my name, it was like someone gave me 10 cups of coffee. I knew I had to make something happen, I was just so buzzed up."
A bit after the evening's program was finished, hardly anyone in the 80,000-seat stadium had gone home. They waited to sing along to two tunes: "All You Need Is Love," by the Beatles, and another one that might ring a bell: "God Save the Queen," played while tears streamed down Ennis' face during her medals ceremony.
"Massive relief," Ennis said. "To come into this event with all that pressure, with everyone just saying, 'Oh, you are going to win gold. You are going to win gold.'"
Hours before the British invasion, the stadium belonged to Oscar Pistorius, the "Blade Runner" from South Africa who made history simply by lining up in the men's 400, the first amputee to compete in Olympic track. He booked a return date, as well -- into the semifinals on Sunday -- after finishing second in his heat in 45.44.
"I've worked for six years ... to get my chance," Pistorius said. "I found myself smiling in the starting block. Which is very rare in the 400 meters."