Shelley-Ann Fraser-Pryce led a Jamaican clean sweep in the women’s 100m final at the World Championships while American athletes continued to clean up on home soil by clinching four golds.
Fraser-Pryce claimed her fifth world title after clocking 10.67 to edge Shericka Jackson and Elaine Thompson-Herah, the same three athletes who swept the Olympic podium in Tokyo. “I can’t even imagine the amount of times I’ve had setbacks and I’ve bounced back and I’m here again,” Fraser-Pryce said. “I feel blessed to have this talent and to continue to do it at 35, having a baby, still going, and hopefully inspiring women that they can make their own journey.”
Oregon native Ryan Crouser, a double Olympic champion and world record holder, led a U.S. clean sweep in the men’s shot put and finally got his elusive world gold after his throw of 22.94m set a championship record. Defending champion Joe Kovacs took silver with Josh Awotunde capturing bronze. Olympic champion Katie Nageotte cleared 4.85m to win the women’s pole vault with compatriot Sandi Morris taking a third consecutive silver.
It was a third straight gold in the field events for U.S. women after Brooke Andersen’s triumph in the hammer throw earlier in the day and Chase Ealey’s shot put success. American Grant Holloway retained his 110m hurdles title in a chaotic final that saw Jamaica’s Olympic champion Hansle Parchment injured in the warmup and Devon Allen disqualified for a false start. Allen moved 0.01 seconds too soon.