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World Athletics Championships: In Bird’s Nest, a Jamaican swift

Fraser-Pryce matches Bolt stride by stride, wins thrid 100m world title at the World Athletics Championships.

By: Reuters | Beijing | August 24, 2015 10:58:13 pm
World Athletics Championships, World Championships, Athletics Worlds, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce Jamaica, Athletics News, Athletics Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce won the women’s 100m on Monday. (Source: Reuters)

Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce won an unprecedented third world championship 100 metres title in 10.76 seconds at the Bird’s Nest stadium on Monday.

Former heptathlete Dafne Schippers ran a second Dutch national record of the night in 10.81 to win silver, while American Tori Bowie claimed bronze in 10.86.

The 28-year-old double Olympic champion powered home in 10.82 seconds to lead Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare (10.89) through from the opening heat. Earlier, Kenya’s Vivian Cheruiyot won a thrilling last lap sprint to claim the women’s 10,000 metres gold medal, capping her comeback season with her second world title in the longest track event.

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The 31-year-old, who took 2014 off to have a child, hit the front with 300 metres to go and powered her way to victory in 31 minutes, 41.31 seconds to reclaim the title she won as part of a 5,000-10,000 double at the 2011 world championships in Daegu.

Ethiopia’s Gelete Burka stayed with Cheruiyot when the Kenyan sprinted away on the back straight but could not handle the pace down the final straight and had to settle for silver in 31.41.77.

The bronze medal went to American Emily Infield (31.43.49), who pipped Molly Huddle on the line when her American team mate slowed to celebrate what she thought was going to be third place.

In the absence of Ethiopia’s three-times world champion Tirunesh Dibaba, who has taken the year off to have a child, Cheruiyot’s victory kept the title in East Africa for the 10th straight championships. Infield’s was the first world championship medal for a non-African born runner in the women’s 10,000m since her compatriot Kara Goucher won bronze in Osaka in 2007.

Away from the track, Canada’s Shawn Barber nailed his first four jumps to win pole vault gold, leaping 5.90 metres to win his first major global title.

Barber and Raphael Holzdeppe failed with three attempts at six metres but the German defending champion had cleared 5.90 on his third jump while the Canadian had gone over on his first attempt and claimed the gold. France’s Olympic champion and world record holder Renaud Lavillenie was left with a fourth bronze medal in four world championships after failing in all three of his jumps at 5.90. He shared third place with Poles Piotr Lisek and Pawel Wojciechowski.

Colombia’s Caterine Ibarguen, unbeaten since the 2012 Olympic Games, retained her world championship triple jump title.

The salsa-dancing nurse, who had to settle for the silver medal in London three years ago, led from the second round and her fifth-round effort of 14.90 metres secured the gold medal in Beijing. Silver was won by Hanna Knyazyeva-Minenko who set an Israeli record with an effort of 14.78.

Olga Rypakova, the Olympic champion from Kazakhstan, snatched bronze in the last round as she stretched out to claim a season’s best 14.77. Ibarguen enchanted the packed crowd at the Bird’s Nest Stadium, engaging the fans after she outjumped Knyazyeva-Minenko’s best effort with a leap of 14.80 in the second round.

The fast track caused the men’s long jumpers problems in measuring their run-ups in the morning session and, while there were no such concerns for the women’s triple jumpers, some struggled to control their approach speed.

Try as they might, Ibarguen’s rivals could not eclipse the 31-year-old Colombian. Ekaterina Koneva, the Russian considered the champion’s biggest threat, was disappointing as she finished seventh with a best of 14.37. Bulgaria’s Gabriela Petrova recorded a personal best 14.66 in the fifth round before being cruelly denied the bronze by Rypakova’s final effort.

Knyazyeva-Minenko’s silver is only the third medal to be won at the world championships by Israel since 1983.
The 25-year-old previously competed for Ukraine and finished fourth in the 2012 Olympic final.

Gatlin scowls at heckler

If you heckle Justin Gatlin’s mom, he will respond — even if he’s in the middle of an awards ceremony. Standing on the podium after receiving his 100-meter silver medal Monday at the world championships, the American sprinter gestured toward a heckler who was bothering his mother in the stands. He scowled and pointed in the direction of the offender.

“I was like, ‘Hey, chill out with that. Be a gentleman,”’ Gatlin told The Associated Press. Gatlin has been a controversial figure in the sport since his return from a four-year doping ban in 2010. After losing to Usain Bolt in a tight race the night before, Gatlin was asked over and over if he thought his loss was good for sprinting. There were some who portrayed his race with Bolt as “Good vs. Evil.” That, he can handle. But this, he insisted, crossed the line.

“No one has to talk disrespectful to anybody,” Gatlin said. “We’re just here to run. They pay tickets to see us run. Let us run and do what we do.”

Gatlin made eye contact with his mother just before receiving his medal from IAAF President Lamine Diack. He seemed perturbed and his eyes wandered into the stands as Diack approached to place the medal around his neck. Once Diack moved past him to give Bolt his gold medal, Gatlin glared at someone and then point with his right finger.

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