Jamaica’s medal tally at the 14th IAAF World Games in Moscow has increased to five, 3 gold, one silver and one bronze.
This following the performances of Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and the men’s mile relay team on yesterday’s seventh day of action at the championships.
Fraser-Pryce became the third woman in history to win the sprint double after clocking 22.17 seconds to take gold in the women’s 200 meters ahead of Murielle Ahoure of the Ivory Coast and blessing Okagbare of Nigeria.
Drawn in lane 4 with danger woman Allyson Felix behind, the women’s 200m final was expected to be very competition. Fraser-Pryce, who was well aware that only a fast start and good curve would get the job done, went about her business in similar fashion. Felix tried to follow the fast starter, but pulled just before she could straighten, which left Fraser-Pryce without any challenge.
“It was very hard, but for me, lots of hard work went into me taking the double here,” said Fraser-Pryce in describing the end results.
Murielle Ahoure of Ivory Coast took another silver in 22.32, the same time as Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare.
Fraser-Pryce, who joined East Germans Silke Gladisch (1987) and Katrin Krabbe (1991) to win the sprint double, had time to ease down across the line in jubilation.
“Last year was an experience for me doing the double in London and it really helped me to be successful here,” she continued while adding “and the fact I did so well in the 100m, I had a little confidence going in, because I want to blast that first 100m like it was nobody’s business.”
In the men’s 4×400 meters event, Javon Francis produced a stunning run, which took Jamaica from fifth on the anchor leg, to silver behind USA. Francis got the and immediately went after the leading pack, and by time he reached the backstretch, moved into second place.
The Jamaican team, which also included Rusheen McDonald, Edino Steele and Omar Johnson, stopped the clock in a season best 2:59.88 behind USA, anchored by LaShawn Merritt, 2:58.71, a world leading time.
Trinidad & Tobago with Jehue Gordon on anchor did 3:01.74 for 6th while Russia got the bronze medal with 2:59.90
Damar Forbes, the other Jamaican who contested a final on the day, finished 8th in the men’s long jump event with a jump of 8.02 meters.
Action in the semifinals of the men’s 200 meters saw defending champion Usain Bolt, Warren Weir and Nickel Ashmeade advancing to the final.
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