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PHOTOS: Oliver hurdles to glory, Fraser-Pryce destroys field

August 13, 2013 00:06 IST

Oliver powers to 110 metres hurdles gold

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Powerful American David Oliver won the 110 metres hurdles title at the world championships in Moscow on Monday with a season-leading time of 13.00 seconds.

Oliver, who had been the form athlete all year and impressive throughout the competition, led early and maintained his form to take an emotional victory.

American dreams of a clean sweep came up just short as veteran Ryan Wilson took silver in 13.13 but a last-hurdle stumble by defending champion Jason Richardson allowed Russia's Sergey Shubenkov to snatch bronze in 13.24.

Olympic champion and world record holder Aries Merritt had a ragged race and could only finish sixth.


Image: David Oliver celebrates winning gold in the men's 110 metres hurdles
Photographs: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

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Fraser-Pryce wins world 100 title

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Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce produced a masterful display of sprinting to complete a Jamaican 100 metres double with victory in the women's final.

The 26-year-old set a world leading time of 10.71 seconds for a commanding win which followed hot on the heels of compatriot Usain Bolt who took the men's title on Sunday.

Murielle Ahoure was second in 10.93 to give Ivory Coast its first world championship medal and she became the first African woman to finish on the podium in a sprint.

Defending world champion Carmelita Jeter of the US was third in 10.94.


Image: Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica (centre) crosses the line to win gold in the women's 100 metres
Photographs: Mark Kolbe/Getty Images

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Ohuruogu claims 400m world title

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Britain's Christine Ohuruogu snatched victory from defending champion Amantle Montsho with a desperate lunge to the line in the women's 400 metres.

Ohuruogu, world champion in 2007, has a reputation as a big race performer and did not disappoint the British fans noisily screaming her on in the half-empty Luzhniki stadium, winning in a time of 49.41 seconds.

Botswana's Montsho will despair the fact she did not dip at the end after being given the same time in second with Russian Antonina Krivoshapka taking bronze in 49.78.


Image: Christine Ohuruogu
Photographs: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

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Holzdeppe takes shock pole vault gold

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Germany's Raphael Holzdeppe was a shock winner of the men's world pole vault title on Monday as he edged red-hot favourite Frenchman Renaud Lavillenie on countback.

Both men failed three times to clear 5.96 metres but the German had been faultless in moving up through the heights to notch 5.89 and add world gold to his Olympic bronze last year.

Olympic champion Lavillenie, who had dominated the event all season, was uncharacteristically off form and had several failures along the way before settling for silver, also on 5.89.

Bjorn Otto of Germany took bronze on countback ahead of American Brad Walker after both men cleared 5.82.


Image: Raphael Holzdeppe
Photographs: Jamie Squire/Getty Images

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Bolt gets his gold medal

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Usain Bolt, who won the world 100m title in a surging 9.77 seconds on Sunday, was awarded his gold medal at the medal ceremony for the event.

The victory made amends for the one blot on the Jamaican's extraordinary copybook, his disqualification from the 2011 final after a false start, and underlined his priceless value to his sport in the wake of a surge of doping cases.


Image: Gold medalist Usain Bolt on the podium during the medal ceremony for the men's 100 metres
Photographs: Paul Gilham/Getty Images

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Adams wins fourth successive world crown

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New Zealand's Valerie Adams became the first woman to win four successive world titles when she secured shot put gold on Monday.

A third-round throw of 20.88 metres proved enough for Adams, who suffered a tearful defeat by Belarussian Nadzeya Ostapchuk at the London Olympics, only to be upgraded to gold after the winner failed a dope test.

Germany's Christina Schwanitz (20.41) took silver and Gong Lijao of China (19.95) bronze.


Image: Valerie Adams
Photographs: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

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Fajdek wins hammer gold

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Poland's Pawel Fajdek won the gold medal in the men's hammer throw with a best effort of 81.97 metres.

Krisztian Pars of Hungary claimed silver with 80.30m, while Lukas Melich of the Czech Republic had to settle for bronze with 79.36.


Image: Pawel Fajdek of Poland competes in the men's hammer final
Photographs: Julian Finney/Getty Images

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