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Africa’s girl is World champ

Botswana’s Amantle Montsho won a thrilling women’s 400m on Monday — Botswana’s first ever medal at a world championships — denying America’s Allyson Felix the chance for a dream sprint double.

Montsho dominated the race until Felix powered back into contention in the home straight, threatening to catch her on the line but the Botswana runner stayed strong to win in a time of 49.56sec, just 0.03sec ahead of Felix.

Felix, the three-time defending 200m champion, was chasing a 200m-400m double in South Korea.

Russia’s Anastasiya Kapachinskaya, who has the fastest time in the year in the event, took bronze in 50.24.

Defending 400m champion Sanya Richards-Ross finished in seventh place.

Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare finished fifth in the women 100m won by America Carmelita Jeter.

Jeter clocked a time of 10.90 seconds with Jamaican Veronica Campbell-Brown second in 10.97. Kelly-Ann Baptiste of Trinidad and Tobago pipped defending champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce by 0.01 seconds for the bronze medal. Okagbare ran 11.15 seconds

 


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