MOTHER’S DAY AT WORLDS
Fraser-Pryce & Felix Seal Record Gold; Liu Leads Chinese Sweep In 20km Race Walk Late starts blamed for empty stadium
Doha: Jamaican sprint queen Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce surged to an unprecedented fourth 100m crown and US legend Allyson Felix broke Usain Bolt’s gold medal record tally as the returning new mothers lit up the World Championships here. Fraser-Pryce and Felix, both racing in their first major championships since taking time off from the sport to have children, lit up a pulsating day three of competition even if the action was played out inside a nearempty Khalifa Stadium on Sunday.
The 32-year-old Fraser-Pryce, who skipped the 2017 championships to give birth to her first child, delivered a barnstorming run to take the 100m in 10.71sec.
Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith took silver with a time of 10.83sec while Ivory Coast’s Marie-Josee Ta Lou claimed bronze in 10.90sec.
Fraser-Pryce was in control from the gun, rocketing out of the blocks and taking the lead in the opening 20 metres. From that point there was only going to be one winner, and the veteran Jamaican swept over the line majestically to add to the world titles won in 2009, 2013 and 2015 before setting off on a victory lap carrying her two-year-old son Zyon.
The two-time Olympic champion’s dominant display was the highlight of Day Three which also saw US track queen Felix win a record 12th World Championship gold medal. Felix only returned to the sport in July after a 13-month layoff which saw her give birth to her daughter Camryn by emergency C-section last November.
The 33-year-old, who failed to qualify for the individual 400m event in Doha, took gold in the 4x400m mixed relay as the United States motored to victory in a world record time of 3min 09.34sec.
Felix’s 12th gold medal broke Jamaican legend Bolt’s record tally of 11 World Championship gold medals. Overall, Felix now has an incredible 26 medals, a dazzling haul that also includes six Olympic gold.
Felix, competing in her ninth straight Worlds, has accumulated more World Championship and Olympic honours than any other track and field athlete in history.
“So special, to have my daughter here watching means the world to me,” Felix said afterwards.
There was another victory for a returning mother in the final event of the day, the women’s 20km race walk, where China’s 2016 Olympic champion Liu Hong won gold.
Liu, 32, who took a maternity break from 2017-2018, shrugged off steamy heat and humidity to lead a Chinese sweep of the medals in 1hr 32min 53sec and secure her third world title. Qieyang Shenjie took silver in 1:33:10 while compatriot Yang Liujing won bronze in 1:33:17.
Triple jump king Christian Taylor completed a superb hat-trick of World Championship titles after
MEDAL WINNERS (DAY THREE)
MEN: Triple jump: 1. Christian Taylor (USA, 17.92m), 2. Will Claye (USA, 17.74), 3. Hugues Fabrice Zango (Bur, 17.66). WOMEN: 100m: 1. Shelly-Ann FraserPryce (Jam, 10,71s), 2. Dina AsherSmith (Gbr, 10.83), 3. Marie-Josee Ta Lou (Civ, 10.9).
Pole vault: 1. Anzhelika Sidorova
surviving near elimination in a nerve-jangling final.
The two-time Olympic champion clinched gold with a leap of 17.92m. His compatriot Will Claye took silver while Burkina Faso’s Hugues Fabrice Zango claimed bronze. In women’s pole vault, Anzhelika Sidorova — competing under the Authorised Neutral Athlete banner — won with a vault of 4.95 metres.
(Ana, 4.95m), 2. Sandi Morris (USA, 4.90), 3. Katerina Stefanidi (Gre, 4.85).
1. Hong Liu (Chn, 1:32.53s), 2. Shenjie Qieyang (Chn, 1:33.10), 3. Liu Jing Yang (Chn, 1:33.17).
MIXED: Doha: The embarrassingly low attendance at the world athletics championships was blamed on late start times and a blockade of the country by other nations in the region by the event’s organisers on Monday.
Athletes, pundits and global TV audiences have widely criticised the poor turnout at the Khalifa Stadium over the first three days of competition.
‘Athletes could have died’
Addis Ababa: Distance-running great Haile Gebrselassie says it was a mistake to hold the world championships in Qatar and that marathon runners could have died from the heat. “It was a mistake to conduct the championship i n such hot weather in Doha, especially the marathon race. As someone who has been in the sport for many years, I’ve found it unacceptable,” former marathon worldrecord holder said. Doha: Top Indian woman javelin thrower Annu Rani qualified for the final round of the World Athletics Championships by smashing her own national record here on Monday. The 27- year- old Annu sent the iron spear to a distance of 62.43m in her second round throw, bettering her earlier national record of 62.34m, which she achieved in March, to book a place for Tuesday’s finals.
In the process, Annu became the first Indian to reach the finals of the women’s javelin throw in the World Championships. The athlete from Meerut finished third in Group A and qualified for the finals as the fifth best performer of the qualification round.
Only two javelin throwers, Asian champion Lyu Huihui (67.27m) of China a nd Christin Hussong (65.29m) of Germany, could cross the automatic qualification mark of 63.50m while another 10, including Annu, made up the 12, who will compete in the finals. Annu opened with a 57.05m before coming up with her careerbest throw in the second attempt. She had a 60.50m in her third and final throw.
World leader and Asian Games champion Liu Shiying (63.48m) of China and Ratej Martina (62.87m) of Slovenia finished ahead of Annu in Group A, while reigning Olympic champion Sara Kolak of Croatia was sixth with a best throw of 60.99m.
The other two Indians who competed on Monday, Archana Susheendran and Anjali Devi, failed to go past the first round in the women’s 200m and 400m, respectively.
India finish 7th in mixed relay
Doha: The Indian 4x400m mixed relay team finished seventh in the final with a season best effort here. The team of Muhammed Anas, VK Vismaya, Jisna Mathew and Tom Nir mal Noah clocked three minutes, 15.77 seconds to finish seventh in the field of eight countries on Sunday, just ahead of Brazil.
US took the gold in a world record time of 3:09.34. Jamaica ( 3: 11.78) and Bahrain (3:11.82) secured the silver and bronze respectively.
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (right) wins the women’s 100m final