Shelly-Ann on course for Jamaica double
World Athletic Championshipsindia Updated: Aug 13, 2013 02:23 IST
Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce leads Jamaica’s charge for a 100 metres double at the world championships on Monday following hot on the heels of Usain Bolt’s rain-swept victory on Sunday.
Arch rivals Jamaica and the US each have four sprinters through to the semi-finals, including American defending champion Carmelita Jeter.
Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare, who won a long jump silver on Sunday, is ranked second in the world behind Fraser-Pryce and has shown the form to end the 11-year domination of this event by US and Jamaica athletes or at the very least become the first African woman to win a world sprint medal.
“Cleanliness is next to Godliness so it won’t matter if we sweep up in the race,” he told reporters.
“The track is extremely fast, I’m excited to see what I can do.”
New Zealand’s Valerie Adams won a record fourth women’s shot put world title at the World Athletics Championships on Monday in Moscow.
The 28-year-old two-time Olympic champion threw a best of 20.88 metres while Germany’s Christina Schwanitz took silver with a personal best of 20.41m.
China’s Olympic bronze medalist Gong Lijiao had to settle for third again at a major championships with 19.95m.
Britain’s Christine Ohuruogu snatched victory from defending champion Amantle Montsho with a desperate lunge to the line in the women’s 400 metres.
Ohuruogu, world champion in 2007, has a reputation as a big race performer and did not disappoint the British fans noisily screaming her on in the half-empty Luzhniki stadium, winning in a time of 49.41 seconds.
Botswana’s Montsho will despair the fact she did not dip at the end after being given the same time in second with Russian Antonina Krivoshapka taking bronze in 49.78.
Ohuruogu, notorious for leaving it late in races, was fourth coming off the final bend but charged down the home straight to catch Montsho on the line.
Trinidad and Tobago athletics officials confirmed on Monday that Kelly-Ann Baptiste, who won a world 100 metres bronze medal in 2011, and fellow sprinter Semoy Hackett missed the Moscow world championships because of doping violations.
The two athletes left Moscow before competition started on Saturday and Trinidad’s National Association of Athletics Administrations (NAAA), who initially declined to give a reason, issued a statement confirming the wide-reported news