Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce held nothing back in producing a stunning performance to snatch a second women’s world 100m title at the Luzhniki Stadium last night.
The diminutive double Olympic gold medallist and 2009 world champion showed all her big-day experience by making up for a sluggish start with a dynamic drive section that saw her race clear of the field by 30 metres. Shelly-Ann clocked the season’s fastest time of 10.71sec.
There was a first-ever African medal in the world sprints for Ivorian silver medallist Murielle Ahoure (10.93), while defending champion Carmelita Jeter of the United States took bronze (10.94).
With Veronica Campbell-Brown ruled out of the championships because of a doping infringement, Fraser-Pryce had been left as the country's main contender for gold in the blue riband event.
And the 26-year-old, who served a six-month doping ban herself for testing positive for a narcotic contained, she claimed, in her coach Stephen Francis’ toothache painkillers, did not disappoint.
Oliver wins hurdles
Meanwhile, USA’s David Oliver won his first major title claiming the 110m hurdles crown at the World Championships.
The 31-year-old posted the fastest time of the year, 13.00sec, while compatriot Ryan Wilson took silver with 13.13sec and Russian Sergey Shubenkov won the bronze in 13.24sec. Defending champion Jason Richardson finished fourth while Olympic champion Aries Merritt finished sixth.