Fraser-Pryce takes 60m indoor gold

Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce celebrates after winning the women’s 60m final in the World Indoor Athletics Championships at the ERGO Arena in Sopot, Poland, Sunday. — Reuters
Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce celebrates after winning the women’s 60m final in the World Indoor Athletics Championships at the ERGO Arena in Sopot, Poland, Sunday. — Reuters

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce kept the 60 meter world indoor title in Jamaica Sunday, beating Murielle Ahoure of Ivory Coast and Tianna Bartoletta of the United States.

With the fastest run by anyone in four years, Fraser-Pryce led from the start to finish in 6.98 seconds, adding a first indoor gold to two Olympic sprint and five world outdoor titles. Ahoure was .03 seconds back and Bartoletta timed 7.06.

Veronica Campbell-Brown was the double defending champion but still too rusty to be at her best as she was only cleared at the last moment to compete at the championships after a doping scandal had sidelined her since last summer.

The result proved Jamaica’s sprint credentials again, but overall the day and the championships again belonged to the United States. Going into the final events Sunday, the US team had seven gold and 11 overall, more than double the total of runner-up Russia, which had three gold and five overall.

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