Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce won an unprecedented third women’s 100m world title with a comprehensive victory at the World Championships in Athletics in Beijing yesterday.
The double Olympic champion clocked 10.76 seconds to edge out Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands, who took silver in 10.81, with Tori Bowie of the US third in 10.86 at the Bird’s Nest stadium.
Meanwhile, Kenya’s Ezekiel Kemboi continued his amazing medal streak by winning a fourth consecutive world steeplechase gold.
The 33-year-old, a two-time Olympic champion (2004 and 2012) who has also won three world silvers, timed 8 minutes, 11.28 seconds for gold, holding off Kenyan teammate Conseslus Kipruto in the final straight.
Kipruto claimed silver in 8 minutes, 12.38 seconds, with another Kenyan, Brimin Kiprop Kipruto, completing the podium with bronze in 8 minutes, 12.54 seconds.
Kenya’s Vivian Cheruiyot won a thrilling last lap sprint to claim the women’s 10,000m gold medal, capping her comeback season with her second world title in the longest track event.
The 31-year-old, who took last year off to have a child, hit the front with 300m to go and powered her way to victory in 31 minutes, 41.31 seconds to reclaim the title she won as part of a 5,000m-10,000m double at the 2011 Daegu worlds.
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 minutes, 41.77 seconds.
The bronze medal went to the US’ Emily Infield (31 minutes, 43.49 seconds).
Earlier, 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 14.90m secured the gold medal in Beijing.
Silver was won by Hanna Knyazyeva-Minenko who set an Israeli record with an effort of 14.78m. Olga Rypakova, the Olympic champion from Kazakhstan, snatched bronze in the last round as she stretched out to claim a season’s best 14.77m.
Canada’s Shawn Barber nailed his first four jumps to win pole vault gold, leaping 5.90m to win his first major global title.
Barber and Raphael Holzdeppe failed with three attempts at 6m, but the German defending champion had cleared 5.90m 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 5.90m.
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