Fraser-Pryce triumphs, U.S. men set relay record

Sun Mar 9, 2014 5:02pm EDT
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(Reuters) - Double Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce may not like running indoors, but the Jamaican proved again on Sunday why she is the world's dominant female sprinter.

A blistering start propelled the reigning Olympic and world 100 meters gold medalist to the fastest women's 60 meters in four years, 6.98 seconds, as she made a triumphant debut at world indoor championships in Sopot, Poland.

Only six women have ever run faster.

Americans dominated the three-day meeting in Sopot, Poland, capping the championships with a world indoor record in the men's 4x400 meters as Kyle Clemons, David Verburg, Kind Butler III, and Calvin Smith Jr. triumphed in 3 minutes, 2.13 seconds.

The time was 0.70 seconds faster than the 15-year-old record set by a U.S. team at the 1999 world indoor championships.

Fraser-Pryce had never run in the indoor meeting before this week.

"It is an amazing feeling," the 2008 and 2012 Olympic 100 meters gold medalist told reporters after becoming only the second woman to hold world titles at 60, 100 and 200 meters.

Ivory Coast's Murielle Ahoure took the silver in 7.01 with American Tianna Bartoletta third in 7.06.

Yet Fraser-Pryce said running indoors was not a favorite of hers.   Continued...

Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce celebrates after winning the women's 60m final in the world indoor athletics championships at the ERGO Arena in Sopot March 9, 2014. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach