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Everybody DQ’d from world championships 400m heat (video)

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In a first at a global meet, an entire race field was disqualified at the World Indoor Track and Field Championships in Birmingham, Great Britain, on Friday.

In a 400m first-round heat, all five men were disqualified. One man was sent off for a false start, and the other four were disqualified after the race for running out of their lanes before the break for the inside, according to the IAAF.

At least one of the runners’ teams appealed, but it was denied.

In other events, Ivorian Murielle Ahoure won the 60m sprint in 6.97 seconds, lowering her African record. Jamaican Elaine Thompson, who swept the Olympic 100m and 200m, was fourth. No American woman made the final, which meant no U.S. medal in the event for the first time since 1991.

Brit Katarina Johnson-Thompson at last earned her first senior global multi-event medal, a gold, in the pentathlon. The 25-year-old beat a field that did not include any Olympic or world outdoor medalists in the heptathlon.

Olympic champ Luvo Manyonga was upset in the long jump by 19-year-old Cuban Juan Miguel Echevarria. Echevarria leaped a personal-best 8.46 meters, edging the South African former crystal meth addict Manyonga by two centimeters.

American Marquis Dendy, who missed the Rio Olympics due to injury, took bronze by matching his personal best with an 8.42-meter jump.

Hungarian Anita Marton won the shot put with a 19.62-meter throw. The field did not include the last two Olympic champions — American Michelle Carter and New Zealand’s Valerie Adams.

World Indoors continues through Sunday on NBCSN, Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA and NBC Sports Gold, highlighted by new 60m sprint world-record holder Christian Coleman.

World Indoors marks the lone global meet of the year, since outdoor worlds are held in odd-numbered years, and the next Olympics are in 2020.

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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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Four names, one favorite: Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce leads contenders in women’s 100 meters

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The other two-time Olympic 100-meter champion from Jamaica will look to regain her world title Monday.

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce tops the women’s 100 at the World Championships in Moscow, where they will run the semifinals (11:35 a.m. Eastern time) and finals (1:50 p.m.) Monday evening.

Like Bolt, Fraser-Pryce won the 100 at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics and the 2009 World Championships. Also like Bolt, she did not win the world title in 2011 (Bolt false started, Fraser-Pryce took fourth).

She only qualified seventh into the semifinals, but that came in a race where she appeared to shut it down after about 30 meters. Fraser-Pryce, 26, owns the fastest time in the world this year (10.77) and could chase the championship record of 10.70 set by the disgraced Marion Jones in 1999.

“I am focusing on the execution, because I know that if I run the race the way I am supposed to, then I will do great things,” Fraser-Pryce, who launched a business called Chic Hair Ja earlier this year, told the Jamaica Gleaner.

Her biggest challenger is Blessing Okagbare, the 5-foot-11 Nigerian who won silver in the long jump Sunday. Okagbare has run 10.79 this year, the only other woman entered in Moscow who has run sub-10.85 in 2013.

Another medal contender, Trinidad and Tobago’s Kelly-Ann Baptiste, withdrew from worlds Saturday after learning she failed a drug test. Baptiste took bronze at the 2011 worlds and joins the silver medalist from two years ago, Veronica Campbell-Brown, in missing this race after positive tests.

The American contingent follows Okagbare. U.S. and NCAA champion English Gardner, 21, led all qualifiers into the semifinals with a 10.94 on Sunday, the fastest first-round time ever at a worlds. Gardner’s form in Europe was suspect before that 10.94. Her job is to prove she can be consistent through the rounds.

The defending world champion is a bit under the radar. Carmelita Jeter, 33, qualified 14th out of 24 semifinalists. She’s not assured of making the final if the quadriceps injury that’s plagued her since May bothers her Monday.

Medal Picks
Gold: Fraser-Pryce
Silver: Okagbare
Bronze: Murielle Ahoure (CIV)

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