Jamaica confirmed their increasing sprint dominance with a win in the Women’s 100 metres in the Moscow World Championships, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce taking the tape with a time of 10.71 seconds. Her second world title was even more emphatic than her first.
In the 400 metres Britain’s Christine Ohuruogo won, setting a new national record in the process, and shading out second-placed Amantle Montsho by just four one thousandths of a second with her late lunge.
In the Shot Put New Zealand’s Valerie Adams was just shy of 21 metres to take the gold. She becomes the first woman to win four successive world titles.
In the mens’ events the day’s standout performances came in the Pole Vault, where Germany’s Olympic bronze medallist Raphael Holzdeppe won with a height of 5.89 metres to surprise everyone.
Poland’s Pawel Fajdek howled like a wild man to throw a whisker under 82 metres to take gold, the year’s best distance in the Hammer.
And at 31 there was a world title at last in the 110 metres hurdles for America’s David Oliver, at 13 seconds dead, to make up for a wretched, injury-ruined 2012.
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