By Neil Leverett

  • Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce wins Gold in the women’s 100m final on Day 3 of the World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar
  • Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith wins first world individual medal taking silver, as Holly Bradshaw finishes fourth in pole vault
  • Christian Taylor retains triple jump crown, Alyson Felix equals record, Noah Lyles wobbles as Adam Gemili impresses in 200m heats
DOHA, QATAR – Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith wins silver in the women’s 100m final behind Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, on Day 3 of the 2019 World Athletics Championships in Doha.


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Fraser-Pryce 100m gold; Asher-Smith silver

24 hours after the men had taken their moment, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce claimed gold in the women’s 100m in a time of 10.71, on Day 3 of the World Athletics Champions in Doha, Qatar. Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith wins her first world medal also taking the silver in a new British record time of 10.83, as Marie-Josee Ta Lou took the bronze.

The Bromley Harrier becomes the first British woman since 1960 to take a medal in the 100m at a major global event and the first in a sprint final at a world championships.

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Earlier in the semi-finals, Fraser-Pryce was again the class athlete, with the Jamaican running one-hundredths-of-a-second behind her heat time in 10.81 and was the odds-on tip to claim the crown.

As the athletes went out hard from the gun, the Jamaican and former two-time Olympic champion over the event – having only returned to the track after maternity – tore away early as Asher-Smith and Ta Lou went in pursuit of gold in vain.

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Whilst Fraser-Pryce leaves Doha with yet another individual title, Asher-Smith now focuses her attention to the 200m on Monday, and with the world champion not competing, defending champion Dafne Schippers a doubt with injury and Elaine Thompson not in the best form, the Briton may yet be in for further success in the coming days.


Taylor wins US duel; retains triple jump title

Christian Taylor won a remarkable fourth world triple jump title on Day 3, as the American again beat teammate and friend Will Claye to gold with a jump of 17.92, with Hugues Fabrice Zango of Burkina Faso taking a surprise bronze.

Coming out on top in what was billed as one of the duels of Doha 2019, Taylor narrowly avoided early elimination with two opening fouls, but jumped the winning distance in Round 4 to leave a nervy wait.

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Despite Claye’s efforts – in a final which never quite lit up – Loughborough-based Taylor takes yet another world title, after victories in Daegu in 2011, Beijing in 2015 and at the London Stadium in 2017.


Felix equals Bolt in relay gold

In the first Gold awarded on Day 3, the USA romped to victory in the inaugural mixed 4x400m relay final, as the quartet of Will London III, Alyson Felix, Courtney Okolo and Michael Cherry coasted to victory ahead of Jamaica and Bahrain,

After Poland elected to race their fastest male against a contingent of female athletes, the Poles held a sizeable lead into the last leg before as expected, Cherry tore past Justyna Swiety to lead his side home by a comfortable margin. The win for Felix sees the veteran American athlete in her 12th world gold, equaling the record set by Usain Bolt.

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Britain’s foursome of Rabah Yusif, Zoey Clark, Emily Diamond and Martin Rooney came in fourth, as Rooney anchored a solid final leg but could chase down neither the Bahrain four or Jamaica for a medal.


Sidorova pole vault win; Bradshaw fourth

In the women’s pole vault, Anzhelika Sidorova outlasted the field and cleared her final attempt of 4.95 to claim gold, as Sandy Morris of the USA was again forced to settle for silver ahead of defending world and Olympic champion Katerina Stefanidi.

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There was frustration again for Britain’s Holly Bradshaw who failed to clear 4.85 – a height that would have broken her lifetime best – and knocked the bar down for the third time, as the Preston athlete once more had a medal snatched from her as result of the Greek’s superior clearance.

With only 300 days until Tokyo next summer however, and having improved four places from her showing two years ago, Bradshaw will still be hopeful of finally making the step up onto the podium in Japan.


Lyles 200m wake-up; Gemili, Francis strong

After Saturday night’s blue-riband event in the men’s 100m final, the focus switched to the 200m, and as Noah Lyles made his much-awaited first appearance in Doha, the American was given a likely wake-up call, finishing second in his heat after seemingly cruising to the line.

The outstanding favourite for the Gold on Tuesday night, Lyles was overtaken on the line by Jereem Richards of Trinidad and Tobago, meaning the Diamond League winner could get a less favourable lane draw for Monday’s semi-finals.

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Adam Gemili however, after disappointment in failing to the reach the 100m finale impressed and clocked a season’s best time of 20.06 – the fastest in progressing. Teammate Miguel Francis also begun in fine fashion but was beaten by Aaron Brown to the heat win.

Third Briton Zharnel Hughes also eased through, whilst defending champion from London Ramil Guliyev, Yohan Blake and Xie Zhenye made it past the heat stages.

Perhaps the surprise packages of the competition could come from Colombia’s Alex Quinonez who ran 20.08, Kyle Greaux who coasted to victory and 100m bronze medalist Andre de Grasse, who will be buoyed from his shorter distance success in Doha.


The 2019 World Athletics Championships continue in Doha on Monday, with the heats of the women’s 200m at 3:05 pm UK time.


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