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Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce dominates women’s 100 meters at worlds; Carmelita Jeter takes bronze

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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.

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Alysa Liu rallies to win Junior Grand Prix with another quadruple jump

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U.S. figure skating champion Alysa Liu landed a quadruple Lutz for a second straight Junior Grand Prix, rallying from fourth after the short program to win an event in Poland on Friday.

Liu, who in January became the youngest U.S. champion in history at age 13, won both of her starts in her first season on the Junior Grand Prix to become the first U.S. woman to qualify for the six-skater Junior Grand Prix Final since 2013 (Polina Edmunds and Karen Chen). The Final is held with the senior Grand Prix Final in Turin, Italy, in December.

She won Friday by 6.63 points by surpassing a pair of Russians, a rarity in this era. Her free skate is here.

Liu trailed by 4.03 points after doubling a planned triple loop in the short program. She was the lone skater in the field to attempt a triple Axel (landing three of them, including two in combination and one with a negative grade of execution) or a quad.

Liu tallied 138.99 points in the free skate and 203.10 overall. She ranks sixth in the world this season by best total scores among junior and senior skaters, though some top skaters have yet to compete.

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Rafaela Silva, first Brazilian gold medalist at Rio Olympics, claims innocence after positive drug test

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Rafaela Silva, the judoka who grew up in Rio’s most famously violent favela to become Brazil’s first gold medalist at the Rio Olympics, reportedly tested positive for a banned substance last month.

Silva tested positive for fenoterol, a substance that can be legal to treat asthma if an athlete has a therapeutic use exemption (TUE). Silva did not have a TUE before testing positive at the Pan American Games in August, according to Brazilian media.

A possible punishment has not been announced.

Silva claimed innocence at a news conference Friday afternoon, saying that a young child with whom she had bodily contact at her training location used the substance, and she plans to compete at a domestic event this weekend, according to O Globo.

Silva, 27, backed up her Rio Olympic 57kg title by taking bronze at the world championships later in August. If she is punished for the positive test, Silva could lose that bronze medal, though she said Friday that she had a clean drug test at worlds, according to O Globo.

Silva, from Rio’s Ciadade de Deus favela, has the Olympic rings tattooed on her right bicep with the inscription “God knows how much I’ve suffered and what I’ve done to get here.”

Brazil’s top female swimmer, Etiene Medeiros, reportedly tested positive for fenoterol in May 2016 but was cleared to compete at the Rio Olympics.

In PyeongChang, Slovenian hockey player Ziga Jeglic tested positive for fenoterol and was scratched before his nation’s last game before it was announced. Jeglic was suspended from the Games and, later, was suspended eight months.

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