Sprint Queen Fraser-Pryce wins third world 100m title

Mon Aug 24, 2015 11:43am EDT
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By Nick Mulvenney

BEIJING (Reuters) - Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce underlined her status as Queen of the Sprints with an unprecedented third world championship 100 meters title at the Bird's Nest stadium on Monday.

With her long, dyed green braids flowing behind her, the diminutive Jamaican was not quickest out of the blocks but soon got into her stride and powered down the track in 10.76 seconds to add to her titles in Berlin in 2009 and Moscow two years ago.

Back at the same arena where she won the first of her two Olympic gold medals at the 2008 Games, Fraser-Pryce locked up a fifth title in the last six major championships in the blue riband sprint.

"I will always work hard and do my best," she said. "When I ran the heats, I remembered back at the 2008 Olympic Games when I was a 21-year-old.

"I expected nothing then. And I came out here again tonight and won a gold medal. I am really excited."

Former heptathlete Dafne Schippers almost caught Fraser-Pryce with a brilliant finish but was more than satisfied with her second Dutch national record of the night in 10.81 for second place.

The first European to win a medal in the 100 meters at a world championships since France's Christine Arron in 2005, Schippers was delighted to secure silver in her first season after giving up the multi-discipline event to focus on the sprints.

"It’s a national record, I’m second in the world, it’s crazy," the 23-year-old, who won world heptathlon bronze in 2013, said.   Continued...

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica before the start of the women's 100 metres semi-final during 15th IAAF World Championships at the National Stadium in Beijing, China August 24, 2015.