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Fraser-Pryce gives Jamaica 100m double

Last updated on: August 13, 2013 00:03 IST

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce produced a masterful display of sprinting to complete a Jamaican 100 metres double at the World championships with victory in the women's final on Monday.

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 10.93s 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 United States was third in 10.94s.

From the moment twice Olympic champion Fraser-Pryce shot out of the blocks there was only going to be one winner.

Also world champion in 2009, the Jamaican was never headed and her rivals were left watching the soles of her bright pink spikes and matching hair extensions as she powered to the line.

Earlier, American David Oliver won the gold medal, as favourite Aries Merritt finished a disappointing sixth, in the men's 110 metres hurdles.

Oliver was first in 13 seconds, with compatriot Ryan Wilson taking silver in 13.13s.

Russia's Sergey Shubenkov settled for bronze in 13.24s.

Olympic champion and World record holder Aries Merritt finished a disappointing sixth with a timing of 13.31.

Image: Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce 

Photograph: Ian Walton/Getty Images