Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce produced a masterful display of sprinting last night to complete a Jamaican 100 metres double at the world championships with victory in the women’s final.
The 26-year-old set a world leading time of 10.71 seconds for a commanding win which followed hot on the heels of compatriot Usain Bolt who took the men’s title on Sunday.
Murielle Ahoure was second in 10.93 to give Ivory Coast their first world championship medal and she became the first African woman to finish on the podium in a sprint.
Defending world champion Carmelita Jeter of the US was third in 10.94.
From the moment twice Olympic champion Fraser-Pryce shot out of the blocks there was only going to be one winner. Also world champion in 2009, the Jamaican was never headed and her rivals were left watching the soles of her bright pink spikes and matching hair extensions as she powered to the line. She even had time to clench her fist as she crossed the line.
In other events yesterday, Germany’s Raphael Holzdeppe was a shock winner of the men’s world pole vault title as he edged red-hot favourite Frenchman Renaud Lavillenie on countback.
Both men failed three times to clear 5.96 metres but the German had been faultless in moving up through the heights to notch 5.89 and add world gold to his Olympic bronze last year.
Olympic champion Lavillenie, who had dominated the event all season, was uncharacteristically off form and had several failures along the way before settling for silver, also on 5.89.
Bjorn Otto of Germany took bronze on countback ahead of American Brad Walker after both men cleared 5.82.
New Zealand’s Valerie Adams became the first woman to win four successive world titles when she secured shot put gold.
A third-round throw of 20.88 metres proved enough for Adams, who suffered a tearful defeat by Belarussian Nadzeya Ostapchuk at the London Olympics, only to be upgraded to gold after the winner failed a dope test.
Germany’s Christina Schwanitz (20.41) took silver and Gong Lijao of China (19.95) bronze.
American sprinter Allyson Felix won three successive 200 metres world titles between 2005 and 2009, but missed out in 2011 when she took bronze.
Cuban hammer thrower Yipsey Moreno also won three world titles in a row between 2001 and 2005 but was denied a fourth in Osaka in 2007 when she missed gold by just two centimetres.
Powerful American David Oliver won the world 110 metres hurdles title with a season-leading time of 13.00 seconds.