Germany’s Raphael Holzdeppe, on Monday. (Reuters)
Moscow: Jamaican sprint royalty repeated their Olympic feat at the World Championships, here, on Monday, as Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce added the women’s 100m title to Usain Bolt’s Sunday night 100m gold.
Fraser-Pryce produced a masterful display of sprinting to complete the Jamaican double. The 26-year-old set a world leading time of 10.71 seconds for a commanding win.
Murielle Ahoure was second in 10.93 to give Ivory Coast its first world championship medal and she became the first African woman to finish on the podium in a sprint. Defending world champion Carmelita Jeter of the US was third in 10.94.
From the moment twice Olympic champion Fraser-Pryce shot out of the blocks, there was only going to be one winner.
Also world champion in 2009, the Jamaican was never headed and her rivals were left watching the soles of her bright pink spikes and matching hair extensions as she powered to the line.
Britain’s Christine Ohuruogu snatched victory from defending champion Amantle Montsho with a desperate lunge to the line in the women’s 400m at the World Championships on Monday.
Ohuruogu, world champion in 2007, has a reputation as a big race performer and did not disappoint the British fans noisily cheering her on in the half-empty Luzhniki stadium, winning in a time of 49.41 seconds.
Botswana's Montsho will rue the fact she did not dip at the end, after being given the same time in second with Russian Antonina Krivoshapka taking bronze in 49.78.
Ohuruogu, notorious for leaving it late in races, was fourth coming off the final bend but charged down the home straight to catch up with Montsho on the line.
Powerful American David Oliver won the world 110 metres hurdles title, with a season-leading time of 13.00 seconds. Oliver, who had been the in-form athlete all year and impressive throughout the competition, led early and maintained his form to take an emotional victory.
American dreams of a clean sweep came up just short as veteran Ryan Wilson took silver in 13.13 but a last-hurdle stumble by defending champion Jason Richardson allowed Russia’s Sergey Shubenkov to snatch bronze in 13.24.
Germany’s Raphael Holzdeppe was a shock winner of the men’s world pole vault title on Monday as he edged red-hot favourite French Renaud Lavillenie on countback.
Both men failed three times to clear 5.96m but the German had been faultless in moving up through the heights to notch 5.89 and add wthe orld gold to his Olympic bronze last year.
Olympic champion Lavillenie, who had dominated the event all season, was uncharacteristically off form and had several failures along the way before settling for silver, also on 5.89. Bjorn Otto of Germany took bronze on countback ahead of American Brad Walker after both men cleared 5.82.
New Zealand’s Valerie Adams became the first woman to win four successive world titles when she secured shot put gold. A third-round throw of 20.88 metres proved enough for Adams, who suffered a tearful defeat by Belarussian Nadzeya Ostapchuk at the London Olympics, only to be upgraded to gold after the winner failed a dope test. Germany's Christina Schwanitz (20.41) took silver and Gong Lijao of China (19.95) bronze.
French sprinter Christophe Lemaitre has been ruled out of the rest of World Athletics Championships, having sustained a thigh injury during Sunday’s 100m final.
Despite less-than-stellar form, Lemaitre had been considered a medal contender for the 200m, two years after clinching bronze in Daegu. (agencies)