Wednesday, 14 August 2013 00:02
Reuters: Move over Usain Bolt, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce stole your thunder. In 10.71 seconds of pure sprinting power on Monday the colourful and diminutive Jamaican outdid the sport’s great showman for razzle-dazzle.
Twenty-four hours earlier, with lightning flashing around the Luzhniki stadium, Bolt streaked through the Moscow rain to regain his 100 metres world title but it was more workmanlike than wow.
Her long hair flowing and decked out with pink extensions, Fraser-Pryce packed a punch that left her rivals trailing in her recycled air as she added a second world crown to her 2009 Berlin success.
The emphatic manner of the double Olympic champion’s victory was in stark contrast to the thrilling finale of the women’s 400 metres in which late-lunging Briton Christine Ohuruogu pipped Amantle Montsho by four thousands of a second.
Botswana’s Montsho, the 2011 world champion, failed to dip at the line and it cost her gold by the finest of margins.
“I did not see Christine coming from behind,” she said.
American David Oliver secured his first global title at the age of 31 when he took the men’s 110m hurdles gold in a season-leading time of 13.00 seconds and New Zealand shot putter Valerie Adams became the first woman to win four successive world titles.
Four American women lined up in the 100 final but it was Fraser-Pryce who once again hammered home Jamaican dominance of the sprint events.
The 26-year-old pocket rocket flew down the home straight in the best time this year, with Murielle Ahoure of Ivory Coast a distant second in 10.93 and 2011 champion Carmelita Jeter of the US a hundredth further back in third.