Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce wins third World Championships 100m gold

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Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce wins third World Championships 100m gold

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce wins third World Championships 100m gold
by Ben Coldwell

August 24, 2015

Dafne Schippers took silver for the Netherlands while American Tori Bowie claimed bronze in Beijing

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce continued her outstanding domination of the women’s 100m to claim a third World Championships 100m title in a time of 10.76.

Dutch powerhouse Dafne Schippers clocked a national record of 10.81 to claim silver while American Tori Bowie took bronze in 10.86.

The Jamaican pocket rocket added to her growing collection of titles to win another gold after those won in 2009 and 2013, on top of her two Olympic 100m golds from 2008 and 2012.

Fraser-Pryce, renowned for her phenomenal starting, got exactly that and opened up space between her and the rest of the field within 40 metres.

Schippers got into her running and began to close the gap on Fraser-Pryce in the final 30 metres, but the line came too soon for her.

Jamaican Veronica Campbell-Brown took fourth in 10.91 ahead of Michelle-Lee Ahye of Trinidad and Tobago in fifth who also dipped under 11 seconds with a time of 10.98.

Kelly-Ann Baptiste came sixth with 11.01 ahead of Jamaica’s Natasha Morrison and Nigerian Blessing Okagbare, both clocking 11.02.

Fraser-Pryce, while ecstatic with another gold medal, admitted she was frustrated to have failed to dip below 10.7 seconds.

She told the BBC: “I get tired of 10.7s. Honestly but, thanks to God I came out here and I just wanted to put a good race together.

“Hopefully after this race, in my next race I’ll get the 10.6 I know I’ve worked hard for and know it’s there, but it’s just taking some time to come.”

Schippers was overcome with elation, saying: “Wow, this is just crazy.

“My start was good and I saw that I could come close at the end of the race to Fraser-Pryce and you know when you’re close to Fraser-Pryce then you know that you have a medal!”

Fraser-Pryce had impressed in her semi-final, qualifying fastest with a run of 10.82 – while easing down – ahead of Okagbare in 10.89.

Former heptathlete turned world-class sprinter Schippers won the third semi-final, despite executing a poor start, to close down the field and set her first national record of the evening in 10.83.

Bowie triumphed in the other semi-final with a time of 10.87 ahead of Trinidad and Tobago national record holder Baptiste

Earlier, Britain’s Asha Philip had missed out on a spot in the final, coming seventh in the first semi-final with a time of 11.21.

Kenya’s Vivian Cheruiyot won an enthralling battle to secure her fourth World Championships title, out-kicking Ethiopia’s Gelete Burka in the home straight to win with a time of 31:41.31.

There were 10 runners within a shot of the medals as they entered the final lap, but Cheruiyot and Burka pulled away from the field in the back straight.

American Molly Huddle looked to have third place sewn up heading towards the line, but prematurely threw up her arms in celebration allowing her compatriot Emily Infeld to dip her at the line.

Colombia’s Caterine Ibarguen made it 29 events unbeaten to win a second consecutive World Championships triple jump gold.

The 31-year-old led the field from her second jump, leaping out to 14.80m, before extending her lead further in the fourth round with a season’s best distance of 14.90m.

Israel’s Hanna Knyazyeva-Minenko took silver with a national record, reaching 14.78m with her second attempt, while Kazakhstan’s Olga Rypakova took bronze with a season’s best on her final jump, just one centimetre behind the Israeli with 14.77m.

In the 400m hurdles Eilidh Child secured qualification through to Wednesday’s final, qualifying as the fastest loser with a time of 54.80, but was left to nervously watch the next two races after feeling her time would fall short.

The Scot, who has a personal best time of 54.22, followed American Cassandra Tate and South African Wenda Nel round the first 300 metres of the race, opening up daylight between her and the rest of the field.

Tate and Nel pulled away from Child, but the Commonwealth silver medallist managed to maintain her form down the home straight to hold off the chasing pack.

Fellow Brit Meghan Beesley was left disappointed in the third semi-final as the 25-year-old missed out on one of the fastest loser spots, clocking a time of 55.41.

Beesley came third behind runaway favourite Zuzana Hejnova, who qualified fastest with 54.24 and Jamaica’s Janieve Russell in 54.78, but failed to get near to repeating her performance from the heats when she clocked 54.52.

In the second semi, Sarah Slott Petersen lead the field in 54.34 with Kaliese Spencer behind in 54.45 and America’s Shamier Little – the fastest in the world this year, running 53.74 in Eugene – stealing the final fastest loser spot with a time of 54.86.

» See the August 27 edition of AW magazine for further coverage

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