MOSCOW (AP) — So far, the U.S.-Jamaica sprint rivalry is turning into a rout at the world championships.
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce rubbed it in Monday with a winning margin of Bolt-esque proportions in the women’s 100 meters.
Her hot-pink colored hair slashing in the air behind her, Fraser-Pryce flashed to an early lead and kept on building it before crossing in a world leading 10.71 seconds.
She had time to clench her fist as she crossed the line with silver medalist Murielle Ahoure of the Ivory Coast crossed a massive .22 behind.
The first American, defending champion Carmelita Jeter of the United States, took bronze in 10.94.
Like Usain Bolt, she now has two Olympic and two world titles in the 100. And in Moscow she gave Jamaica a 2-0 lead over the Americans in the sprint duel, showing the Caribbean island produces the fastest runners on the planet.
The United States got its part of the glory, too, when David Oliver led a 1-2 finish in the 110 hurdles.
It would have been an American sweep had defending champion Jason Richardson not stumbled near the end.
In the women’s 400, Christine Ohuruogu set a British record to regain the world title she first won in 2007, dipping at the line to cap a great comeback and beat defending champion Amantle Montsho of Botswana by .004 seconds.
“When I finished I didn’t know if I’d won it, I didn’t want to get over-excited until my name came up,” Ohuruogu said. “I heard everyone screaming and I looked up and I’m just so happy.”
At the end of Day 3 at the championships, the United States leads the medals table with three gold and six overall. Germany is second with four medals overall after Raphael Holzdeppe upset Olympic champion Renaud Lavillenie of France on a countback to win the pole vault.
In the shot put, Valerie Adams became the first woman to win four straight individual world titles.