Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica began dominating women's 100-meter competition with her first Olympic triumph, in 2008. She was favored again at the 2013 World Championships, particularly since key rival Carmelita Jeter
of the U.S., the 2011 World champion, still seemed to be rounding into shape following an early-season quadriceps injury. Fraser-Pryce
cruised to victory in the opening heat in 11.15 seconds, while Jeter was second in her heat by .02 to Murielle Ahoure of the Ivory Coast, with Jeter finishing in 11.24. Fellow American English Gardner was the fastest overall in 10.94. Fraser-Pryce won her semifinal with relative ease in 10.87. Jeter edged Ahoure in their semi, with both runners recording a time of 10.95, ahead of Gardner at 11.00. Nigeria's Blessing Okagbare won the slowest heat in 11.08.
Fraser-Pryce continued to improve in the final and made it anticlimactic, running a world-leading 10.71 to take the gold by almost a quarter-second. Jeter and Ahoure continued their event-long battle, with Ahoure gaining the silver in 10.93 and Jeter the bronze in 10.94, while Gardner was fractionally ahead of Jamaica's Kerron Stewart to take fourth, with both runners finishing in 10.97.
Fraser-Pryce made her second bid for a global 100-200 double at the World Championships, after winning the 100 meters at the 2012 Olympics, but placing second to American Allyson Felix
in the 200. Felix led the way during Moscow's opening heats, leading all runners after winning her heat in 22.59. Fraser-Pryce won her heat and was seventh overall in 22.78. Felix was number one again in the second round, winning her semifinal in 22.30. Ahoure won the initial semi in 20.46 while Fraser-Pryce won the third semi in 22.54.
The direct Felix-Fraser-Pryce confrontation was unfortunately short in the final as Felix literally fell out of the competition, pulling up and then sinking to the track with a pulled hamstring muscle. The injury cost Felix a chance to repeat her triple-gold medal performance from the 2012 Olympics, during which she ran on two victorious relay teams. In the short run, the injury left a fast-starting Fraser-Pryce at the head of the field, and nobody could catch her as the Jamaican completed the sprint double by winning in 22.17 seconds. Ahoure edged Okagbare for the silver medal, as both runners were credited with times of 22.32.
Great Britain's Christine Ohuruogu, the 2007 World and 2008 Olympic 400-meter champion, and Botswana's Amantle Montsho, who won the World championship in 2011, entered the 2013 Championships as the favorites. The pair remained favorites all the way to finish line of the final. Ohuruogu was the fastest in the initial heats at 50.20, followed by Americans Francena McCorory in 50.56 and Natasha Hastings in 50.64. Ohuruogu then won her semifinal in 49.75, over Hastings in 49.94. Montsho won her semi easily in 49.56, while McCorory ran a personal best 49.86 to beat Russia's Antonina Krivoshapka and Jamaica's Stephanie McPherson, both at 49.99.
The two Americans started quickly in the final, with Hastings in lane 3 almost immediately making up the stagger on Ohuruogu in lane 4. Coming out of the turn, Montsho led McCorory, Hastings and then Ohuruogu. But the Americans faded and Ohuruogu rallied, reeling in Montsho down the straight and literally out-leaning her at the line to win the gold medal. Ohuruogu finished in 49.404 seconds, a new national record, to Montsho's 49.408. Krivoshapka, who was sixth coming out of the turn, also finished strong to take the bronze medal in 49.78.
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