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Aug 25, 2015

Tired Bolt and Gatlin cruise into 200 meters semis

BEIJING (Reuters) – A tired Usain Bolt and an emotionally fatigued Justin Gatlin progressed towards their second blockbuster sprint showdown of the world championships by easing through the 200 meters heats on Tuesday.

Bolt, who beat Gatlin to retain his 100 meters title at the Bird’s Nest on Sunday, shot out of the blocks and led for the entire race before easing up over the final 15 meters to cross the line in 20.28 seconds.

Aug 25, 2015

Athletics-Tired Bolt and Gatlin cruise into 200 metres semis

BEIJING, Aug 25 (Reuters) – A tired Usain Bolt and an emotionally fatigued Justin Gatlin progressed towards their second blockbuster sprint showdown of the world championships by easing through the 200 metres heats on Tuesday.

Bolt, who beat Gatlin to retain his 100 metres title at the Bird’s Nest on Sunday, shot out of the blocks and led for the entire race before easing up over the final 15 metres to cross the line in 20.28 seconds.

Aug 24, 2015

Fraser-Pryce caps day of dominance at the Bird’s Nest

BEIJING (Reuters) – Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce proved once again that Usain Bolt is not the only Jamaican who can monopolize global sprint titles when she claimed an unprecedented third 100 meters world championship gold medal in Beijing on Monday.

Like Bolt in the men’s final on Sunday, the 28-year-old returned to the scene of her breakthrough triumph at the Beijing Olympics and secured a fifth title in the last six blue riband sprints at the Olympics and world championships.

Aug 24, 2015

Athletics-Fraser-Pryce caps day of dominance at the Bird’s Nest

BEIJING, Aug 24 (Reuters) – Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce proved once again that Usain Bolt is not the only Jamaican who can monopolise global sprint titles when she claimed an unprecedented third 100 metres world championship gold medal in Beijing on Monday.

Like Bolt in the men’s final on Sunday, the 28-year-old returned to the scene of her breakthrough triumph at the Beijing Olympics and secured a fifth title in the last six blue riband sprints at the Olympics and world championships.

Aug 24, 2015

Cheruiyot sprints to victory to reclaim 10,000m title

BEIJING (Reuters) – Kenya’s Vivian Cheruiyot won a thrilling last lap sprint to claim the women’s 10,000 meters gold medal on Monday, capping her comeback season with her second world title in the longest track event.

The 31-year-old, who took 2014 off to have a child, hit the front with 300 meters to go and powered her way to victory in 31 minutes, 41.31 seconds to reclaim the title she won as part of a 5,000-10,000 double at the 2011 world championships in Daegu.

Aug 24, 2015

Athletics-Cheruiyot sprints to victory to reclaim 10,000m title

BEIJING, Aug 24 (Reuters) – Kenya’s Vivian Cheruiyot won a thrilling last lap sprint to claim the women’s 10,000 metres gold medal on Monday, capping her comeback season with her second world title in the longest track event.

The 31-year-old, who took 2014 off to have a child, hit the front with 300 metres to go and powered her way to victory in 31 minutes, 41.31 seconds to reclaim the title she won as part of a 5,000-10,000 double at the 2011 world championships in Daegu.

Aug 24, 2015

Fraser-Pryce wins third world 100 metres title

BEIJING (Reuters) – Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce rallied to claim an unprecedented third world championship 100 metres title in 10.76 seconds at the Bird’s Nest stadium on Monday.

With her long, dyed green braids flowing behind her, the diminutive 28-year-old was not quickest out of the blocks but soon got into her stride and powered down the track to add to her triumphs in Berlin in 2009 and Moscow two years ago.

Aug 24, 2015

Champion Fraser-Pryce storms into 100 meters final

BEIJING (Reuters) – Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce took a step closer to an unprecedented third world championship 100 meters title when she stormed into Monday’s final with the fastest time of the semi-finals.

The 28-year-old double Olympic champion powered home in 10.82 seconds to lead Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare (10.89) through from the opening heat.

Aug 24, 2015

Athletics-Champion Fraser-Pryce storms into 100 metres final

BEIJING, Aug 24 (Reuters) – Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce took a step closer to an unprecedented third world championship 100 metres title when she stormed into Monday’s final with the fastest time of the semi-finals.

The 28-year-old double Olympic champion powered home in 10.82 seconds to lead Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare (10.89) through from the opening heat.

Aug 23, 2015

Gutsy Bolt takes gold to boost embattled sport

BEIJING (Reuters) – Usain Bolt swept aside a year of poor form and injury to retain his world 100 meters title in nail-biting fashion on Sunday and give his beleaguered sport the boost it so badly needed after three weeks of negative headlines.

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has been in crisis since the results of thousands of blood tests were leaked in early August, forcing it to defend the sport against allegations of widespread doping.

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