Athletics: Jamaican Fraser-Pryce storms to win third world 100 metres title

AFP , Monday 24 Aug 2015

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica celebrates after winning gold in the women's 100 metres final during the 15th IAAF World Championships at the National Stadium in Beijing, China August 24, 2015 (Reuters)

Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce roared to an unprecedented third women's 100 metres world title in a flash of green dreadlocks on Monday.

The double Olympic champion, wearing a band of yellow daisies in her green-dyed hair, clocked 10.76 seconds in Beijing as she emulated superstar countryman Usain Bolt, who blazed to glory in the men's 100m the previous night.

Fraser-Pryce got off to an explosive start and was never seriously threatened, winning in relative comfort from Dutchwoman Dafne Schippers, who took silver in a time of 10.81 with American Tori Bowie third in 10.86.

The pint-sized Jamaican, who captured the world title in 2009 and 2013, will now look to repeat the 100-200m sprint double she achieved in Moscow two years ago. Fraser-Pryce will also have an Olympic treble in her sights in Rio next year.

The American threat failed to materialise as Fraser-Pryce, 28, underlined her dominance, qualifying quickest for the final in 10.82.

Her task was made less complicated after countrywoman Sherone Simpson, silver medallist at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, missed the final along with Ivory Coast's Murielle Ahoure, silver medallist in the 100 and 200m in Moscow two years ago.

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