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Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce leads Jamaica 100m sweep; U.S. has best day ever at track worlds

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Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce became the first person to win five world titles in an individual running event and, at 35, became the oldest world champion in an individual event on the track, leading a Jamaican 100m sweep at the world championships on Sunday.

Fraser-Pryce, the 2008 and 2012 Olympic 100m champ, prevailed in a championship record 10.67 seconds in Eugene, Oregon. She was followed by Shericka Jackson (10.73) and 2016 and 2021 Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah (10.81).

“It wasn’t a perfect race,” Fraser-Pryce said. “In a championship, it’s always hit and miss, but you’re glad you come out with a win.”

Jamaica also swept the medals at last year’s Olympics, when it was Thompson-Herah followed by Fraser-Pryce and Jackson. Thompson-Herah, who last year in Eugene ran the second-fastest time in history (10.54), said she missed a lot of training this season due to shoulder and Achilles injuries.

“I’m not in the best shape of my life,” she said.

Fraser-Pryce, with her second world title since becoming a mom in 2017, has won seven titles in the 100m between the Olympics and worlds, breaking her tie with Usain Bolt. This one was the fastest of her collection dating to the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

“The secret behind my success is I am a competitor,” she said. “I’m always hungry to do more because I believe there is more to be done.”

The U.S. earned nine medals and four golds among Sunday’s seven finals, both records for one nation on a single day of track worlds, according to Gracenote and Bill Mallon of Olympedia.org.

Grant Holloway repeated as world 110m hurdles champion in 13.03 seconds with countryman Trey Cunningham getting silver. That came after Olympic gold medalist Hansle Parchment of Jamaica withdrew after clipping a hurdle in warm-up and American Devon Allen, the world’s fastest man this year, was disqualified for a false start by one thousandth of a second.

Allen’s reaction time was .099 of a second after the gun. The legal reaction time limit is .100. Anything quicker than that is considered to quick to be reacting to the gun.

His reaction time in the semifinals earlier Sunday was barely legal — .101. Two women were also disqualified from the 100m semifinals two hours earlier, leading to debate over the threshold being set at .100 and/or the sensitivities of these specific starting blocks.

“When I was flagged, I was very surprised,” said Allen, who heads to Philadelphia Eagles training camp as a wide receiver and is expected to return to track next year. “I know for a fact that I didn’t react until I heard the gun.”

In the shot put, Ryan Crouser added a world title to his Olympic gold and world record, throwing 22.94 meters. Joe Kovacs and Josh Awotunde made it the first shot put medals sweep for one nation in world championships history.

Katie Nageotte and Sandi Morris gave the U.S. its first-ever one-two finish in a world championships pole vault. Nageotte followed her Olympic gold with her first world title. Morris earned silver at a third consecutive worlds. Both cleared 4.85 meters with Nageotte winning on count back.

Worlds continue Monday featuring the women’s marathon in the morning, plus night track finals in the women’s 1500m and men’s 3000m steeplechase.

TRACK WORLDS: Broadcast Schedule | Results | U.S. Roster | Key Events

Earlier Sunday, Brooke Andersen became the second consecutive American to win the women’s hammer throw world title after DeAnna Price, who in 2019 became the first U.S. man or woman to win a world hammer medal. Andersen, 10th at the Olympics and the world No. 1 in 2022 going into worlds, had the three best throws of the final. American Janee’ Kassanavoid took bronze.. On Her Turf has more on the women’s hammer here.

Ugandan Joshua Cheptegei repeated as world 10,000m champion, a year after taking silver at the Olympics (and 5000m gold in Tokyo). Grant Fisher was fourth, coming 17 hundredths shy of becoming the first American to earn a world medal in the event. The 10,000m is the lone men’s track event where the U.S. has never won a world medal.

Tamirat Tola led an Ethiopian one-two in the men’s marathon, clocking a championship record 2:05:36 for the biggest win of his career. Galen Rupp, a two-time Olympic medalist and Oregonian, was the top American in 19th place. Rupp said before the race that he missed training time due to a herniated disk and pinched nerve in his back and a mild COVID bout, according to Runner’s World.

“I’m getting better, believe it or not,” Rupp, 36, said. “I did the best I could, but I wasn’t able to get all the work in.”

Two-time Olympic champion Nafi Thiam of Belgium leads the two-day heptathlon after the first four of seven events.

In the men’s 400m hurdles, the three fastest men in history won their respective semifinals — Olympic champion and world record holder Karsten Warholm (48.00), American Rai Benjamin (48.44) and Brazilian Alison dos Santos, the world’s fastest man this year (47.85). The final is Tuesday.

Reigning Olympic champion Jakob Ingebrigtsen of Norway and reigning world champion Timothy Cheruiyot led the qualifiers into Tuesday’s 1500m final.

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Ryan Crouser, Olympic shot put champ, hopes to add event after 2024

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Ryan Crouser, the two-time Olympic shot put champion and world record holder, hopes to throw the discus some time after the 2024 Paris Games.

“I plan on giving the discus a year on the off-year,” he told Flotrack on Friday after qualifying for Sunday’s shot put final at the world championships in his home state of Oregon. USA Today first reported Crouser’s interest in the discus.

The next “off-year” — without an Olympics or world outdoor championships — is in 2026, when Crouser will be 33.

“Before COVID, [the off-year to try the discus] would have been 2022,” he said. “Everything getting pushed back a year has kind of eliminated that opportunity for an off-year. But I do want to give the discus an honest effort at some point in my career.”

TRACK WORLDS: Broadcast Schedule | Results | U.S. Roster | Key Events

Crouser’s agent said he would not give up the shot put if and when he adds the discus.

It would be reminiscent of another Oregon native, Ashton Eaton, the two-time Olympic decathlon champion. In 2014, an off=year, Eaton shook things up by racing the 400m hurdles, then returned to the decathlon.

Crouser is a little more familiar with the discus than Eaton was with the low hurdles. He won the 2014 and 2015 Big 12 titles in the event competing for the University of Texas. Crouser’s dad, Mitch, was a 1984 Olympic alternate in the discus.

More than a dozen Americans previously competed in the Olympics in both the shot put and discus, according to Olympedia.org. Most recently, John Godina, who did both in 1996 and 2000, when he won shot put silver and bronze. Robert Garrett and Bud Houser won gold in both events in 1896 and 1924, respectively.

“The improvements I’ve made physically, but most of all mentally would lend myself to throwing the discus at a high level,” Crouser said. “It’s easier on the body than the shot. It doesn’t beat you up quite as much.”

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Fred Kerley runs world’s fastest 100m of 2022; Allyson Felix ekes into U.S. final

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Olympic silver medalist Fred Kerley ran the world’s fastest 100m this year and won the USATF Outdoor Championships, setting himself up as the favorite for the world championships in three weeks.

In a span of two hours, Kerley ran 9.76 seconds in the semifinals and, less than two hours later, 9.77 in the final. Those are the world’s two fastest times this year.

“I put the work in,” Kerley told Flotrack. “It’s the day I was supposed to have.”

Kerley is joined on the world team by Rio Olympian Marvin Bracy-Williams (9.85), the world’s fastest man of 2021 Trayvon Bromell (9.88) and Christian Coleman, who scratched after qualifying fourth into the final but has a bye into worlds as reigning world champion.

USATF OUTDOORS: TV Schedule | Results

Allyson Felix extended her farewell season by grabbing the last spot in Saturday’s 400m final. She was in last place coming around the last curve in her semifinal, then surged into fourth place and made it into the eight-woman final on time.

In 2019 and 2021, USA Track and Field put all eight finalists on the world championships and Olympic teams for relay purposes. If that’s repeated this time, Felix will have made her 10th world championships team dating to 2003.

“My legs just didn’t feel the best, but I knew that’s kind of how this season was going to go,” said Felix, whose goal was to make the relay pool.

Melissa Jefferson won the women’s 100m in a wind-aided 10.69 seconds. Jefferson, the fastest collegian this season who was eighth at the NCAA Championships two weeks ago for Coastal Carolina, prevailed by three hundredths over 2018 U.S. champion Aleia Hobbs. Twanisha Terry rounds out the individual 100m team for worlds, which will also be in Eugene.

“One [NCAAs] had to be sacrificed for the other [U.S. Championships],” Jefferson told Lewis Johnson on CNBC. “Had I done good at NCAAs, I might not be standing here right now.”

The race lacked Sha’Carri Richardson, who was eliminated in the first round on Thursday. Richardson ranked No. 3 in the world last year despite having her Olympic Trials win disqualified for a positive marijuana test, ruling her out of the Tokyo Games.

Ryan Crouser, two-time Olympic champion and world record holder, recorded the joint-fourth-best throw in history to win the shot put. He’s joined on the team by runner-up Joe Kovacs, who has a bye into worlds as reigning world champion.

Olympic champion Valarie Allman won the discus, though she also has a bye into worlds as the reigning Diamond League season champion.

Rio Olympic silver medalist Sandi Morris won the pole vault with a 4.82-meter clearance, tops in the world this year. Tokyo gold medalist Katie Nageotte was third to join her on the team. London gold medalist Jenn Suhr announced her retirement on Thursday at age 40.

Vashti Cunningham won her 10th consecutive U.S. high jump title (indoors and outdoors).

Rayvon Gray won the men’s long jump with a personal best 8.19-meter leap but doesn’t have the world championship standard (8.22), so he must wait to see if he gets into worlds on world ranking.

JuVaughn Harrison, who in Tokyo became the first American man to compete in the high jump and long jump at the same Olympics since Jim Thorpe in 1912, was 11th. Rio gold medalist Jeff Henderson didn’t enter nationals due to injury.

In semifinals, Olympic champion and world record holder Sydney McLaughlin easily advanced to Saturday’s 400m hurdles final with the top time (52.90) by 2.12 seconds. Dalilah Muhammad, the 2016 gold medalist and former world record holder, has a bye into worlds as reigning world champion. She didn’t compete at nationals due to injury.

All of the favorites advanced to this weekend’s finals in the men’s 400m (Michael NormanRandolph Ross), men’s 800m (Bryce Hoppel, Clayton Murphy) and women’s 800m (Athing Mu, Raevyn Rogers, Ajeé Wilson).

Donovan Brazier, who is returning from injury, withdrew after the 800m first round but has a bye into worlds as reigning champ.

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