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Friday, August 16, 2013

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce wins 200m worlds gold

MOSCOW: Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce became the third athlete to achieve the women's sprint double at the World Athletics Championships when she won the 200m on Friday in Moscow. The 26-year-old -- who regained her 100m title on Monday -- timed 22.17 seconds while 100m silver medalist Murielle Ahoure of Ivory Coast took another silver in a photo finish with Nigeria's Blessing Okagbare, both of whom timed 22.32. Three-time champion Allyson Felix of the United States failed to finish after collapsing dramatically onto the track coming round the bend into the home straight.

While the 27-year-old lay prone on the ground, her dreams of setting an all-time world championship gold tally record of nine in ruins, Fraser-Pryce strode to the line untroubled.
Crossing the finishing line she clapped as well she might, joining East Germans Silke Gladisch (1987) and Katrin Krabbe (1991) in completing the double. Ahoure and Okagbare fought out a thrilling duel with the 25-year-old Ivorian prevailing in the closest of finishes to give Africa their first medals in the history of the event at the worlds. For both it was their second medal of the championships - Ahoure's in the 100 also being Africa's first in a women's world 100m final - while Okagbare took silver in the long jump. However, while they did a lap of honour - after Ahoure had smothered Fraser-Pryce with an embrace as she lay on the ground overcome by her achievement - a crestfallen Felix was carried from the track by her brother.