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Athletics: African sprint heroines hail start of new era

Women's sprinting has entered a new era, declared African duo Murielle Ahoure of the Ivory Coast and Nigeria's Blessing Okagbare after they won the continent's first ever medals in a women's world 200 metres final on Friday in Moscow. Ahoure, 25, took her second silver of the World Athletics Championships, having become the first African woman to win a medal in the world 100m final, in a photo finish with Okagbare behind Jamaica's 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.

Athletics: Fraser-Pryce wins world 100m crown

Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce won the women's 100m title at the World Athletics Championships on Monday. The double Olympic gold medallist and 2009 world champion clocked the season's fastest time of 10.71sec. There was a first-ever medal in the world sprints for Ivorian silver medallist Murielle Ahoure (10.93), while defending champion Carmelita Jeter of the United States took bronze (10.94). lp/pi/ps

Fraser-Pryce on course to give Jamaica 100 double

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Jamaica were on course for a 100 meters double at the world championships after Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce eased into the final of the women's event on Monday. Title favorite Fraser-Pryce never looked troubled as she clocked 10.85 for the fastest time of the three semi-finals but she faces the challenge of four Americans in the final led by defending champion Carmelita Jeter.

Athletics: Gardner fires out warning to Jeter, Jamaicans

US sprinter English Gardner fired out a warning to defending world 100m champion Carmelita Jeter by topping the heats on Sunday, but will be hoping her inexperience on the big stage does not come back to haunt her. Gardner was the shock winner of the US trials, clocking a personal best of 10.85sec in the process, with Jeter opting not to race because of the wildcard entry afforded her as champion.

Okagbare upsets sprint favorites to win in Birmingham

By Alison Wildey BIRMINGHAM, England (Reuters) - Nigeria's Blessing Okagbare upset favorites Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Carmelita Jeter to win the 200 meters at the Diamond League meeting in Birmingham on Sunday. The race had been billed as a clash between Jamaica's Olympic 100 winner Fraser-Pryce and world sprint champion Jeter of the U.S. but Okagbare finished strongly to win in 22.55.

Injured Jeter withdraws from U.S. championships

(Reuters) - Olympic silver medalist Carmelita Jeter has pulled out of the U.S. championships due to injury but will still be eligible for August's world championships in Moscow as defending 100 meters titlist, officials said on Thursday. Jeter, the second fastest female sprinter of all-time, injured her right quadriceps at the Shanghai Diamond League meeting in May and has not run since then. She won the world 100 meters gold in South Korea in 2011, earning her an automatic berth in the August 10-18 world championships.

Athletics: Injured Jeter out of US championships

Carmelita Jeter, the reigning women's 100m world champion, won't compete at the US athletics championships as she nurses a right thigh injury but will still be eligible to defend her title. Jeter, who won the world title in Daegu, South Korea, in 2011 and took silver in the 100m at last year's London Olympics, hasn't run since she pulled up late in finishing third at the Shanghai Diamond League meeting on May 18.

Athletics: Fraser-Pryce and Jeter to compete in Birmingham

The world's two leading female sprinters, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Carmelita Jeter, will compete against each other over 60 metres at the British Athletics Grand Prix in Birmingham on Saturday, it was announced Wednesday. Jamaican Fraser-Pryce, the double reigning Olympic 100m champion, will be competing in her first indoor race. "It will be my first taste of racing indoors and I'm really excited about competing in front of a British crowd again and seeing what I can do over 60m," she said.
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