The fastest woman on the planet

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce ran the 100m sprint in 10.71 seconds.

he world’s fastest woman, Jamaican athlete Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce. Picture: AFP

MOSCOW - Move over Usain Bolt, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce stole your thunder.

In 10.71 seconds of pure sprinting power on Monday the colourful and diminutive Jamaican outdid the sport's great showman for razzle-dazzle.

Twenty-four hours earlier, with lightning flashing around the Luzhniki stadium, Bolt streaked through the Moscow rain to regain his 100 metres world title in 9.77 seconds, but it was more workmanlike than wow.

Her long hair flowing and decked out with pink extensions, Fraser-Pryce packed a punch that left her rivals trailing in her recycled air as she added a second world crown to her 2009 Berlin success.

The emphatic manner of the double Olympic champion's victory was in stark contrast to the thrilling finale of the women's 400 metres in which late-lunging Briton Christine Ohuruogu pipped Amantle Montsho by four thousands of a second.

Botswana's Montsho, the 2011 world champion, failed to dip at the line and it cost her gold by the finest of margins.

"I did not see Christine coming from behind," she said.

While Fraser-Pryce celebrated, the darker side of the sport was again in focus after Trinidadian officials confirmed that 2011 bronze medallist Kelly Ann Baptiste and fellow sprinter Semoy Hackett had left Moscow due to doping-related matters "of varying degrees and complexity."

The fans that made up another below-capacity attendance inside the Luzhniki were treated to the best finish so far as a never-say die Ohuruogu ate up the ground to reel in a startled Montsho.

Both athletes faced an anxious wait before the video screen placed the 2007 world and 2008 Olympic champion first in a time of 49.41, the same as Montsho's.

"It is really weird," said Ohuruogu after breaking a 29-year-old British record. "After the race, I did not want to get too excited."

Oliver's joy was unbridled after eclipsing compatriot Ryan Wilson (13.13) and Russia's Sergey Shubenkov (13.24) in the hurdles.

"I've worked so hard for it," said Oliver who missed last year's Olympics following a wretched time with injury.