12 AUG 2013 Report Moscow, Russia

Report: Women’s 100m semi-finals – Moscow 2013

Eight of the women who lined up for the 100m semi-finals had broken 11 seconds this year. All eight of those made it through to the final.

There were few surprises across the three races as each of the winning times got quicker. In the first of those, Blessing Okagbare came through strong in the closing stages to cross the line neck-and-neck with USA’s Octavious Freeman, both athletes seemingly running at less than 100%, content with their 11.08 clockings.

Just the first two of each semi-final qualified automatically for the final, and it turned out that Verena Sailer’s 11.16 for third place was not enough to progress.

Defending champion Carmelita Jeter of the USA was up next. Team-mate English Gardner got off to a blistering start, as did Ivory Coast’s Murielle Ahoure. Jeter caught them both before the end, and once again the top two athletes record the same time, as both the Olympic silver medallist and Ahoure ran 10.95.

Gardner finished third in 11.00, which proved to be the fastest of the two non-automatic qualifying spots.

Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce closed out the round in style. The Jamaican shot out of the blocks and was never headed, crossing the line in 10.87 – the fastest time of the championships so far.

Compatriot Kerron Stewart also dipped under 11 seconds. Both she and Jeter will be contesting their fourth successive World Championships 100m final.

Alexandria Anderson grabbed the last remaining spot, meaning US athletes will fill four of the eight lanes in the final later this evening.

Jon Mulkeen for the IAAF

Semi-Final Results

1 Blessing Okagbare NGRNGR 11.08 Q
2 Octavious Freeman USAUSA 11.08 Q
1 Carmelita Jeter USAUSA 10.95 Q
2 Murielle Ahouré CIVCIV 10.95 Q
3 English Gardner USAUSA 11.00 q
1 Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce JAMJAM 10.87 Q
2 Kerron Stewart JAMJAM 10.97 Q
3 Alexandria Anderson USAUSA 11.01 q

Previous Champion

Competitor Nat Date
Carmelita Jeter USA USA 29 AUG 2011
Competitor Mark Nat Venue Date
Florence Griffith-Joyner 10.49 USA USA Indianapolis, IN 16 JUL 1988
Competitor Mark Nat Venue Date
Marion Jones 10.70 USA USA Sevilla 22 AUG 1999