Farah and Fraser-Pryce complete dream double

MOSCOW, Russia (Sporting Alert) — Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce and Mo Farah completed fine doubles at the IAAF World Championships on day seven in Moscow, Russia on Friday night.

Jamaican Fraser-Pryce captured the women’s sprint double, following victory in the 200m final, while Farah held off the challenges of his rivals to take a fine 10,000m and 5000m double.

Fraser-Pryce posted 22.17 seconds in a slight head wind to take the gold medal in the women’s half-lap, completing a well deserved 100/200 double for the first time at a major championship.

Murielle Ahoure from the Ivory Coast made it a double silver medal collection with second in the 200m in 22.32, the same time given to Nigerian sprinter Blessing Okagbare, who had missed out on winning a medal in the 100m.

American Allyson Felix, the 2012 London Olympic Games champion, pulled a muscle early in the race and had to be carried off the track. This means she will be out of the 4x100m and 4x400m relays.

Farah, in the meantime, produced another strong final lap to hold off Hagos Gebrhiwet of Ethiopia and win the men’s 5000m gold medal, repeating the same feat he did at the Olympics last year.

The Great Britain star ran 13 minutes, 26.98 seconds for the title, beating Gebrhiwet, who clocked 13:27.26 and Kenya’s Isaiah Koech, 13:27.26.

Usain Bolt put himself in line to capture another global sprint double after winning his 200m semi-finals in a well relaxed 20.12secs.

Quickest of the qualifiers were American Curtis Mitchell (19.97) and Great Britain’s Adam Gemili (19.98) who both ran personal bests and were the only two under the 20-seconds barrier.

Olympic bronze medallist Warren Weir of Jamaica and his teammate Nickel Ashmeade also made the final.

Elsewhere, Tatyana Lysenko of Russia won a very exciting women’s Hammer Throw with a world-leading, championship and national record mark of 78.80m. Anita Włodarczyk of Poland who battled hard with the Russian and her home supporters, was a close second with a national record of 78.46, while China’s Zhang Wenxiu won the bronze.

In other events, United States ran a world-leading 2:58.71 to win gold in the men’s 4x400m, beating Jamaica (2:59.88) and Russia (2:59.90), David Storl of Germany defended his shot put title with a 21.73m throw, while the men’s long jump gold medal went to Aleksandr Menkov of Russia with a jump of 8.56m.

Americans Alysia Montano (1:58.92) and Brenda Martinez (1:59.03) lead all qualifiers in the final of the women’s 800m.

Comments