The women’s 100m final featured the eight fastest entrants of the championships, but ultimately there was no doubt over the winner as Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce triumphed with the biggest winning margin in World Championships history.
The Jamaican was looking to regain the title she last won in 2009, memories of her fourth-place finish at the last World Championships still fresh in her mind. With such tough opposition – a race that included the second-fastest woman of all-time and five other women with PBs below 10.9 – Fraser-Pryce knew that there was little room for error.
Her best weapon is her devastating start, and she executed it perfectly here to open up a notable lead in just the first few strides. USA’s English Gardner was right up there with Fraser-Pryce to begin with, but faded in the second half of the race, losing her form.
From there on, there was no lookng back for Fraser-Pryce and she continued to pull away from the field, stopping the clock in a world-leading 10.71. Running into a -0.3m/s wind, it was the second-fastest time of her career, just 0.01 shy of the PB she set last year.
With Gardner slipping down the running order, Murielle Ahoure of the Ivory Coast came through strong at the end to take silver in 10.93, some 0.22 behind the winner but just 0.01 ahead of the defending champion Carmelita Jeter. Ahoure became the first African woman to win a World Championships medal in this event.
Gardner wound up outside the medals in 10.97 and Jamaica’s Kerron Stewart was given the same time in fifth place.
Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare, who had been touted as a medal contender after running 10.79 in her last race before the World Championships, was outside 11 seconds with 11.04 to finish a disappointing sixth.
Alexandria Anderson and Octavious Freeman, the other two of four US representatives in the final, rounded out the race with respective times of 11.10 and 11.16.
Jon Mulkeen for the IAAF