Fraser-Pryce caps day of dominance at the Bird's Nest

Mon Aug 24, 2015 2:34pm EDT
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By Nick Mulvenney

BEIJING (Reuters) - Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce proved once again that Usain Bolt is not the only Jamaican who can monopolize global sprint titles when she claimed an unprecedented third 100 meters world championship gold medal in Beijing on Monday.

Like Bolt in the men's final on Sunday, the 28-year-old returned to the scene of her breakthrough triumph at the Beijing Olympics and secured a fifth title in the last six blue riband sprints at the Olympics and world championships.

With dyed green braids flowing behind her and yellow flowers framing her face, Fraser-Pryce powered down the track to victory in 10.76 seconds, beating fast-finishing Dutchwoman Dafne Schippers by five hundredths of a second.

Her determination for improvement is such, however, that mere victory was not enough and she was immediately plotting her entry into the exclusive club of women who have run under 10.7 seconds -- currently headed by world record holder Florence Griffith-Joyner.

"I am happy and proud to defend my third title in a row," she said, adding that she would not defend her 200 meters title in Beijing.

"I think 10.60 is there. Hopefully in my next race I'll get it together. I just trust in God and I work hard, and focus on executing. I don't focus on just winning but on executing."

Former heptathlete Schippers ran a Dutch record of 10.81 to become the first European to win a medal in the 100 meters at a world championships since France's Christine Arron a decade ago.

"It’s crazy," she said after pushing American Tori Bowie into third place. "My start was good, I thought I was close enough to medal. Wow."   Continued...

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica (R) runs in front of Dafne Schippers of Netherlands (L) at the women's 100 metres final during the 15th IAAF World Championships at the National Stadium in Beijing, China, August 24, 2015.  REUTERS/Damir Sagolj