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Mike Rosenbaum

Fraser-Pryce Dominates Women's Sprints in 2013

By December 23, 2013

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Jamaican success, American injuries and a thrilling World Championship 400-meter final highlighted the women's sprinting news in 2013.

Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce dominated the short sprints, turning the 100-200 double at the World Championships and becoming the first woman to earn Diamond League season titles in both events. In the 100, Fraser-Pryce posted the year's top three times, including a world-leading 10.71 seconds in the World Championship final. Blessing Okagbare was fourth on the 2013 list at 10.79 with Kelly-Ann Baptiste, English Gardner and Barbara Pierre also posting times in the top 10. In Moscow, Murielle Ahoure earned the silver medal while Carmelita Jeter, trying to rebound from an early-season injury, gained the bronze. Fraser-Pryce also anchored Jamaica to a victory in the 4 x 100-meter relay.

Fraser-Pryce ran a world-leading 22.13 in the 200 at the Jamaican Championships, then won at the World Championships in 22.17. An anticipated Fraser-Pryce vs. Allyson Felix showdown in the Moscow final was short-lived, however, when Felix dropped to the track with a leg injury, ending her season. Felix topped out at 22.30 in the semifinal, the sixth fastest time of 2013. Ahoure gained another silver medal in the World Championship final while Okagbare took the bronze. Ahoure, Okagbare, Tiffany Townsend and Anthonique Strachan all posted top-10 times during the season.

In the 400, Amantle Montsho ran a world-leading 49.33 and had three of top four times on the year. Christine Ohuruogu posted the second-fastest time, but she ran her season-best 49.41 at the best possible moment, the World Championship final, edging Montsho  at the tape. Montsho was also credited with a time of 49.41. Antonina Krivoshapka - the Moscow bronze medalist - had the fifth and seventh best times of the year and helped Russia edge the U.S. in the World Championship 4 x 400-meter relay. Kseniya Ryzhova and Francena McCorory also cracked the year's list of top 10 times. American Sanya Richards-Ross missed the World Championships because she couldn't fully recover from off-season surgery in time. As a consolation for missing the World Championship gold, Montsho won four Diamond League races and took the overall title.

Off the track, Veronica Campbell-Brown failed a drug test in May and missed the World Championships. She later received a warning from the Jamaican Athletics Administration Association, which ruled that her drug use wasn't intended to enhance her performance.

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