Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce runs world’s fastest 100m this year

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Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce followed her unprecedented fifth world championship in the 100m by running the world’s fastest time this year at a Diamond League meet in Poland on Saturday.

Fraser-Pryce, a 35-year-old mom, clocked 10.66 seconds, one hundredth faster than she ran to win the world title in Oregon three weeks ago. She beat a field that included top Americans Aleia Hobbs (second place, 10.94), Melissa Jefferson (seventh, 11.18) and TeeTee Terry (eighth, 11.20).

It marked the third-fastest time of Fraser-Pryce’s career. Fraser-Pryce, who won the Olympic 100m in 2008 and 2012, has broken 10.70 seconds six times, all since 2017 childbirth. No other woman has broken 10.70 more than four times in a career.

Fraser-Pryce, already the oldest world champion in an individual event on the track, can in 2024 become the first woman to win three Olympic 100m titles and the oldest Olympic champion in any race on the track.

Full Diamond League results are here. The circuit moves to Monaco on Wednesday, live on Peacock.

Also in Poland, American Trayvon Bromell won the men’s 100m in 9.95 seconds into a .7 meter/second headwind. Bromell, the world 100m bronze medalist, edged training partner and world silver medalist Marvin Bracy-Williams, who ran 10.00. Fred Kerley, who led a U.S. sweep of the men’s 100m medals at worlds, did not enter the meet.

Other world champions picked up victories in Poland, including Jamaican Shericka Jackson in the 200m (21.84, distancing Olympic and world 400m champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo (22.35)), Brazilian Alison dos Santos in the 400m hurdles (47.80 in a race that didn’t have rivals Karsten Warholm and Rai Benjamin), American Michael Norman in the 400m (44.11, topping world silver medalist Kirani James by .44) and Swede Mondo Duplantis in the pole vault (6.10 meters, with world silver medalist Chris Nilsen taking fifth with a 5.53-meter clearance).

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12-year-old skateboarders earn medals at world championships

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At the world skateboarding championships, 12-year-olds Chloe Covell from Australia and Onodera Ginwoo from Japan earned silver and bronze medals, respectively, in Sunday’s street finals.

In the women’s event, Covell took silver behind Brazilian 15-year-old Rayssa Leal, who was a silver medalist herself at the Tokyo Games.

Frenchman Aurélien Giraud, a 25-year-old who was sixth in skateboarding’s Olympic debut in Tokyo, won the men’s final in the United Arab Emirates. Ginwoo was third behind Portugal’s Gustavo Ribeiro.

The top Americans were Olympic men’s bronze medalist Jagger Eaton in sixth and 15-year-old Paige Heyn in seventh in the women’s event.

Nyjah Huston, a six-time world champion who placed seventh in Tokyo, missed worlds after August surgery for an ACL tear.

Up to three men and three women per nation can qualify per event (street and park) for the 2024 Paris Games. World rankings come June 2024 determine which Americans qualify.

In Tokyo, four of the 12 skateboarding medalists were ages 12 or 13.

Japan’s Kokona Hiraki, then 12, won silver in women’s park to become the youngest Olympic medalist since 1936, according to Olympedia.org. Japan’s Momiji Nishiya, then 13, won women’s street and became the youngest gold medalist in an individual event since 1936.

Worlds conclude this week with the men’s and women’s park events. The finals are Saturday.

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Francesco Friedrich, most decorated bobsledder in history, rebounds for 12th world title

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A week after his first major championships defeat in seven years, German Francesco Friedrich returned to his winning ways to close the world bobsled championships on Sunday.

Friedrich’s four-man sled won the world title by 69 hundredths of a second over British and Latvian sleds that tied for silver, combining times from four runs over the last two days in St. Moritz, Switzerland. It marked Great Britain’s first world championships men’s bobsled medal since 1966.

Geoff Gadbois drove the lone U.S. sled in the field, finishing 18th.

Friedrich, the most decorated bobsledder in history, extended his records with a fifth consecutive world four-man title and 12th world championship between two- and four-man events.

Germany swept all four titles at bobsled worlds with four different drivers taking gold.

Friedrich had won 12 consecutive Olympic or world titles before taking two-man silver at worlds last week in St. Moritz, Switzerland. He was dethroned in that event by countryman Johannes Lochner.

Friedrich has been hampered recently by a muscle injury from sprint training in late December. Going into worlds, Lochner had won four consecutive World Cup two-man races, while Hall won the last two World Cups in four-man.

Friedrich, 32, said before this season that he plans to make the 2026 Milan-Cortina Winter Games his final competition. Friedrich and push athlete Thorsten Margis can break the record of four career Olympic bobsled gold medals that they currently share with retired Germans Andre Lange and Kevin Kuske.

The World Cup season concludes with stops in Igls, Austria, and Sigulda, Latvia, the next two weekends.

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