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Bolt, Fraser-Pryce clinch golden triple

19 August 2013, 08:58

Moscow - Jamaica's Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce took the third gold at the 2013 IAAF World Championships as they claimed the titles of men's and women's 4x100m relay respectively in Moscow on Sunday.

The men's 4x100m relay was the last event at the Moscow worlds. With the world record holder Bolt, Jamaica easily won the gold in 37.36 seconds, breaking the world leading this year. Counting on this medal, Bolt has already won 8 World Championships golds, which helped him to equal world golds record held by US track star Carl Lewis.

"Everything went well here," said Bolt, adding that it feels good to win, it's what he trained for. "I'm proud of myself and I' ll continue to work to dominate for as long as possible."

Jamaica's traditional rival, the United States claimed silver in 37.56 sec. The sprinters from Britain, who were initially credited with bronze, were being disqualified for going past the changeover area during a baton hand-over. Canada were installed as bronze medalists in 37.92 sec.

Fraser-Pryce also made her history, becoming the first woman to win the treble of 100m, 200m and relay golds at World Championships. With partners Carrie Russell, Kerron Stewart, Schillonie Calvert, Jamaica set a championship record of 41.29 sec.

Defending champions the United States made a serious mistake during the second hand-over, only ended with silver. The bronze went to Britain, who had finished in 42.87.

In the women's javelin throw, Russia's Maria Abakumova was the competitive favorite and the crowd favorite for the event. However, in the end she had to settle for bronze like her husband Dmitri Tarabin.

"My result today isn't that good, I am lucky to get a bronze with that throw," Abakumova said. When being asked about Russian President Vladimir Putin's wish, she said it was a very pleasant surprise. "For a moment I even thought that it was a prank."

Christina Obergfoll from Germany won a gold medal with 69.05m and Australia's Kimberly Mickle, who capitalized on Abakumova's lack of form with a 66.60m PB, good enough to earn her silver.

In the women's 800m, defending champion Marya Savinova, who is the crowd favorite had only just started on her frantic, and ultimately unsuccessful, sprint to catch Eunice Sum from Kenya. Finally, the Kenyan won gold in 1:57.38, with Savinova in silver ( 1:57.80) and a hard-charging Brenda Martinez of the United States in bronze (1:57.91).

The men's 1500m gold medal went to Kenya's Asbel Kiprop with 3: 36.28. Behind him, Daegu bronze medalist Matthew Centrowitz improved to silver with a 3:36.78; the surprise of the race was Johan Cronje of South Africa in third with 3:36.83.

The men's triple jump was, improbably, tied going in to the last round, with both French athlete Teddy Tamgho and Cuba's Pedro Pechardo at 17.68m. The tie would have been decided in Tamgho's favor due to his better second jump (17.65m) but after a series of fouls which saw him very far out in the pit, he sprung out to 18.04m in the sixth and last round. Behind Tamgho and Pechardo came Will Claye from the United States with a 17.52m mark.

After competing for nine days, Sunday evening saw the last session of the 2013 IAAF World Championships. The United States failed to lead the gold medal standings for the first time since the inaugural world championships in Helsinki 30 years ago. Instead, Russia topped the table with seven golds, while the Americans and Jamaicans won six. 


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