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LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 23:  Mo Farah of Great Britain competes in the Men's 5000m during Day Two of the Muller Anniversary Games at The Stadium - Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on July 23, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
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Mo Farah dominant, Shelly Fraser-Pryce sluggish in final pre-Rio races

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LONDON (AP) — Mo Farah cruised to victory in the 5,000 meters and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce fell short in a sluggish sprint on Saturday in contrasting fortunes for the Olympic champions in their final races before heading to Rio de Janeiro.

Back on the London track where he became a double Olympic champion four years ago, Farah dominated the field to finish 15 seconds ahead of fellow Briton Andrew Butchart.

Farah clocked 12 minutes, 59.29 seconds at the London Diamond League meet, delighting home fans at the Olympic Stadium.

“Not many people get a chance to compete in their home town and have so many memories of the place,” said Farah, who also won gold in the 10,000 at the 2012 Olympics.

The 33-year-old Farah has never felt in better shape heading into a major event.

“Training is going well,” he said. “It’s harder for me to defend (the titles), the reason being the rest of the guys had four years’ preparation to try and beat me.”

The other headline attraction on Saturday, Fraser-Pryce, knows what it’s like to be beaten after running the 100 in 11.06 seconds to finish third.

“I don’t have a lot of fitness because I haven’t been racing,” the Jamaican said. “So it was very important for me to come here to do these runs, just to see where I am and go back to training.”

The race was won by Marie-Josee Ta Lou of Ivory Coast with a personal best of 10.96, with Michelle-Lee Ahye of Trinidad and Tobago 0.03 seconds adrift.

Fraser-Pryce, a championship specialist who has won three world and two Olympic golds in the 100, is trying to become the first woman to win the same individual event at three successive Olympics next month.

“I’m hoping for the impossible to happen,” she said. “Psychologically I think am in a better place than I was a couple of weeks ago because I was really struggling.

“I am really confident. I am comfortable with where I am at. I am not 100 percent where I want to be, but you have to use what you have and get there.”

There was a more predictable outcome in the 200, with world champion Dafne Schippers winning in 22.13.

“I’m comfortable with being tagged as the favorite,” the Dutch sprinter said. “I’m never nervous which is good for me.”

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Usain Bolt wins in injury return, last race before Olympics

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Usain Bolt won his first race since suffering a strained hamstring, and his last race before the Olympics, clocking 19.89 to win a 200m in London on Friday night.

Watch the race here. Full meet results are here.

“I’m getting there, I’m not fully in shape, I need more work, but over time I’ll be fine,” Bolt said on the BBC. “I don’t think I executed well. … The key thing is I came out injury-free.”

Bolt ran hard through the line, appearing to grimace in his final several strides after coming around the turn with a small lead. He prevailed over Panama’s Alonso Edward (20.04) and Great Britain’s Adam Gemili (20.07), but the field didn’t include any of Bolt’s biggest perceived Olympic threats.

Bolt last raced three weeks ago, qualifying for the Jamaican Olympic Trials 100m final. He pulled out before the final with the hamstring injury but was still placed on the Olympic team in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay via medical exemption.

He goes into the Olympics (the 100m final is Aug. 14) ranked Nos. 4 and 5 in the world this year in the 100m and 200m but very arguably still the favorite in both races.

In 2012, Bolt was defeated by countryman Yohan Blake in the Jamaican Olympic Trials 100m and 200m, then beat Blake in both races in London.

In 2015, American Justin Gatlin entered the world championships as the world No. 1 in the 100m and 200m. Again, Bolt won both races.

This year’s rankings:
100m
1. Justin Gatlin (USA) — 9.80
2. Trayvon Bromell (USA) — 9.84
3. Jimmy Vicaut (FRA) — 9.86
4. Usain Bolt (JAM) — 9.88

200m
1. LaShawn Merritt (USA) — 19.74
2. Justin Gatlin (USA) — 19.75
3. Ameer Webb (USA) — 19.85
4. Miguel Francis (ANT) — 19.88
5. Usain Bolt (JAM) — 19.89

Earlier Friday, American Keni Harrison broke the 100m hurdles world record, two weeks after failing to make the Olympic team.

The Bahamas’ Shaunae Miller ran the fastest women’s 400m in the world this year, a personal-best 49.55, cementing her status as the biggest threat to Allyson Felix in the Olympics.

Felix, who won the Olympic Trials in 49.68, was not in Friday’s race. Felix won the 2015 World Championships in 49.26, with Miller taking silver in 49.67.

Vicaut won the men’s 100m in 10.02 seconds, with a slight tailwind, against a lackluster field.

Vicaut came into this meet as an Olympic medal contender, one of three men to go sub-9.90 multiple times this year, but leaves it with his medal chances slightly lower.

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Keni Harrison breaks 100m hurdles world record after missing Olympic team

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Keni Harrison broke a 28-year-old world record in the 100m hurdles on Friday, two weeks after she failed to make the U.S. Olympic team.

Harrison, 23, clocked 12.20 seconds at a meet in London, beating the old mark by .01. Watch the race here.

In 1988, Bulgaria’s Yordanka Donkova clocked 12.21.

“Not making the Olympic team I was truly upset, and I wanted to come out here and do what I know I could have done,” Harrison said on the BBC. “I was coming out here with a vengeance to show these girls what I have.”

Harrison, who on May 28 broke the American record with a 12.24-second win at the Prefontaine Classic, was sixth at the Olympic Trials on July 8, when the top three made the team for Rio.

The three women who beat Harrison at Trials finished second, third and fourth on Friday — Brianna RollinsKristi Castlin and Nia Ali.

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