Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce followed in the fast footsteps of fellow Jamaican Usain Bolt, winning the women’s 100 meters at the World Championships on Monday.
Only Fraser-Pryce was much more dominant than Bolt in her final. The heavy favorite left the field in her dust from the start, taking her second world title in 10.71 seconds. The Ivory Coast’s Murielle Ahoure led the rest of the finishers, well behind, to grab silver in 10.93. Defending world champion Carmelita Jeter earned bronze in 10.94, coming back from a quadriceps injury that had hampered her since May.
Fraser-Pryce posted the fastest time in the world this year, missing her personal best and the disgraced Marion Jones‘ championship record from 1999 by .01 of a second. Her blowout (.22 of a second) more than doubled the previous largest margin of victory in World Championships history.
Fraser-Pryce will try to become the first woman to sweep the 100 and the 200 at the World Championships since German Katrin Krabbe in 1991. The heats and semifinals of the 200 are Thursday and the final is Friday. Three-time world champion Allyson Felix is the top American hope.
Ahoure was a surprise silver medalist. The Ivory Coast native, not Nigerian Blessing Okagbare (sixth in 11.04), became the first African to medal in women’s sprints at a World Championships.
Jeter wasn’t considered a medal threat until she ran a quick 10.95 in the semifinals. Jeter topped U.S. and NCAA champion English Gardner for bronze by .03.
“When I got on the line, my attitude was I’ve got to get to that tape by any means necessary,” Jeter told Universal Sports. “It’s been a rough year. … This thigh is bad.
“Of course I wanted to keep my title, but the way this year went, to get on the podium, it’s fine by me.”
The other Americans, Alexandria Anderson and Octavious Freeman, were seventh and eighth, respectively.