Jamaica continued to exert its world sprinting domination with Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce streaking to victory in the women’s 100 metres final at the IAAF World Championships in Russia today.
Just 24 hours after compatriot Usain Bolt won the men’s final, Fraser-Pryce produced a blistering performance to win gold by a massive two metres in a world-leading 10.71.
Fraser-Pryce already has two Olympic golds this century and now she has two of the same colour from the world championships, having also won in Berlin four years ago. Her victory was never in doubt after establishing a clear lead by the 50-metre mark and none of her rivals were able to make any impression on the diminutive Jamaican in the second half of the race.
“I had my obstacles – I was starting to feel pain under my left butt cheek,” Fraser-Pryce said.
Her victory is a massive boost for a Jamaican team hit by doping bans to sprinter Veronica Campbell-Brown and Asafa Powell.
“I am surrounded by great people, I came here and did my best and actually won,” she said.
“It was really hurting but I knew what I worked for.”
Murielle Ahoure of Cote d’Ivoire was a distant second in 10.93 becoming the first African to win a world sprint medal. She edged out American defending champion Carmelita Jeter, who was third in 10.94.
New Zealand’s Valerie Adams made it four world championship crowns in a row when she comfortably took out the women’s shot put final. Adams, a two-time Olympic gold medallist, dominated from the opening round with a 20.88 metres effort on her first attempt, which was just two centimeters shy of her season best. She equalled that distance in round four and never looked like being beaten in the closing stages of the competition. German Christina Schwanitz posted a 20.41m with her final attempt to win the silver medal, relegating China’s Lijiao Gong (19.95m) to the bronze.
Veteran American David Oliver finally broke through for his maiden triumph at a major outdoor championship, scooping the gold in the 110m hurdles. The physically imposing Oliver was the bronze medallist at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and he was rewarded for his persistence to win in Moscow with a world leading 13.00. Oliver’s compatriot Ryan Wilson, who was making his debut a major championships at the age of 32, finished second in 13.13, while Russian Sergey Shubenkov thrilled the local crowd to cross in third with a time of 13.24. Olympic champion and world record holder Aries Merritt could only manage sixth place in 13.31.
Britain’s Christine Ohuruogu won her second world title over the 400m, the Briton coming from behind to pip defending champion Amantle Montsho of Botswana at the finish line.Ohuruogu, who won the world championships in Osaka in 2007 a year before claiming the Olympic gold, ran a conservative first 200 metres before putting herself into contention coming into the final straight. She still trailed by some distance but Montsho, who overtook American Francena McCorory at the top of the straight, began to tire in the last 50 metres to allow Ohuruogu to pounce at the death. Both were timed at 49.41, a national record for Ohuruogu, with Russia’s Antonina Krivoshapka winning the bronze in 49.78.
In other finals, Germany’s Raphael Holzdeppe upset France’s Olympic champion Renaud Lavillenie to take gold in the men’s pole vault. Holzdeppe, who was third at the London Olympics, won on countback after both he and Lavillenie cleared 5.89m. And Poland’s Pawel Fajdek was victorious in the men’s hammer throw, with a performance of 81.97m clinching the gold. Hungary’s Krisztian Pars (80.30m) and Czech Republic’s Lukas Melich (79.36m) took home the minor medals. (AP)