Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce confirms status as greatest female sprinter with fifth world title

Daryll Neita was unfortunate not to join Asher-Smith in the race after exiting at the semi-final stage despite running 10.97sec – the fastest time in World Championships history not to make a final.

Meanwhile, any lingering hope that Katarina Johnson-Thompson might have held about retaining her world heptathlon title disappeared on the first day of the competition as she headed into the overnight break in sixth place.

Battling back from two serious injuries and surgeries in the space of two years, Johnson-Thompson came to Eugene knowing a medal of any color would be a huge achievement. That unlikely quest was also dealt a blow when she suddenly opted to leave her American-based coach last month and return to her hometown of Liverpool.

On a day that saw her make no major mistakes, Johnson-Thompson steadily lost ground on the leaders in each discipline, posting marks of 13.55 seconds in the 100m hurdles, 1.83m in the high jump, 12.92m in the shot put and 23.62sec in the 200m, to end the day on 3,798 points.

Belgium’s double Olympic champion Nafi Thiam leads the way with 4,071 points, ahead of Holland’s Anouk Vetter (4,010) and America’s Anna Hall (3,991).

“It’s not nice,” said Johnson-Thompson. “It’s not a place where I want to be at a championship, especially as I know I can do so much better historically and I think I could have done better today with a few tweaks.

“I got back into really hard training in the last six weeks, but unfortunately I haven’t come out of the other side in the place I wanted to be.”

In a calamitous 110m hurdles final, Joshua Zeller came fifth of only five finishers as American Grant Holloway triumphed.


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