Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce joins Usain Bolt as 3-time 100m champ
Women's gold medallist completes Jamaican sweep of individual 100m events
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce made it another Jamaican night at Beijing's Bird's Nest, sprinting to the 100-metre gold at the world championships for a record-tying third time — a feat that matches teammate Usain Bolt.
Like Bolt, Fraser-Pryce came into the event with two Olympic and two world titles in the 100. And after Bolt ran to his third gold on Sunday, Fraser-Pryce did likewise on Monday.
Unlike the thrilling come-from-behind win of the lunging Bolt in Sunday's final, Fraser-Pryce bolted from the blocks, powered through midway and was able to lift her right arm and index finger in victory as she crossed the line in 10.76 seconds.
"Usain ran 9.7. I ran 10.7. It's not about upstaging anyone," Fraser-Pryce said. "In his own way, he is who he is and he has nothing to do with me. It's about what I want to do and what's important to me."
Behind her, former heptathlete Dafne Schippers set a Dutch record for silver in 10.81, edging Tori Bowie of the United States by .05 seconds.
Bolt is known around the world for his signature "Lightning Bolt" pose, and Fraser-Pryce has made spectacular hairdos her specialty. She won the 2013 world title with bright pink hair, but it was all daisy and grass-green locks in Beijing.
"I wanted green in my hair, so I did green. And I got my sunflowers to match," Fraser-Pryce said. "I've never done it before. Just said, 'OK, I'm doing my hair green."'
Fraser-Pryce is the only woman with three 100 world titles, matching Bolt and American runners Maurice Greene and Carl Lewis overall.
Canada's Barber vaults to gold
In the biggest surprise of the night, Olympic champion and world-record holder Renaud Lavillenie again missed out on the world title, failing three times at 5.90 metres and leaving the gold medal to Canada's Shawn Barber.
In a tight competition, Barber scaled 5.90 metres and got the title on a countback over defending champion Raphael Holzdeppe. Lavillenie ended up tied for the bronze with two other competitors at 5.80.
Ezekiel Kemboi continued his dominance of the 3,000-metre steeplechase by winning his fourth straight world championship title and extending Kenya's run in the event.
Kenya continues to be a barrier to other countries winning medals.
The 33-year-old Kemboi, a two-time Olympic champion and also a three-time silver medallist at the worlds, led a 1-2-3-4 finish for the Kenyans when he won in 8 minutes, 11.28 seconds.
Conseslus Kipruto, the 2013 world championship silver medallist , was second in 8:12.38 and Brimin Kiprop Kipruto took bronze in 8:12.54, holding off Jarirus Birech.
Daniel Huling was fifth, overhauling U.S. teammate Evan Jager on the last lap.
Cheruiyot on fire
Vivian Cheruiyot of Kenya celebrated a comeback season after having a baby with the world title in the 10,000 metres, beating Gelete Burka of Ethiopia.
In a tight finish behind the top two, Emily Infeld of the United States took bronze.
In a slow race on a hot night in the Bird's Nest, Cheruiyot crossed in 31 minutes, 41.31 seconds, .46 faster than Burka. Infeld took bronze 2.18 seconds behind, just edging American teammate Molly Huddle.
All the favourites stayed together right up to the last lap and Cheruiyot only put in her finishing kick with about 200 metres to go.
Ibarguen stays unbeaten in triple jump
Caterine Ibarguen of Colombia extended her unbeaten run to 29 events and retained her world championship triple jump title with a winning leap of 14.90 metres.
The Olympic silver medallist hasn't been beaten since losing to Olga Rypakova at the London Olympics on Aug. 5, 2012.
Hanna Knyazyeva-Minenko of Israel, who placed fourth at the 2012 Olympics and sixth at the last worlds, earned a medal with a national record of 14.78 on her second attempt.
Rypakova, who is from Kazakstan, took the bronze medal at 14.77.