Fraser-Pryce eyes fourth world 100m title after impressive semi win

Doha (AFP) –


Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce will go into the women's 100 metres final at the World Athletics Championships later on Sunday as hot favourite to win a fourth title in the event after posting the fastest time of 10.81 seconds in the semi-finals.

The 32-year-old Jamaican will be bidding to regain the title she last won in 2015.

A new champion is guaranteed after the 2017 gold medalist American Tori Bowie withdrew from her semi-final.

Bowie's non-appearance set the tone for a deeply disappointing semi-final series for the United States quartet with only national champion Teahna Daniels creeping in as the second fastest loser.

Fraser-Pryce's biggest danger will be Dina Asher-Smith.

The double European sprint champion -- hoping to become the first Briton to win the world 100m title -- looked very impressive in running her fastest time of the season of 10.87 sec.

Asher-Smith, though, ran back down the track along with Morolake Akinosun to help distraught American rival English Gardner get to her feet and into a wheelchair.

The 27-year-old -- who tore a cruciate ligament in 2017 which kept her off the track for 13 months -- pulled up and collapsed on the track.

Ivory Coast's Marie Josee Ta Lou -- a dual silver sprint medalist from the 2017 championships -- had won the first semi-final beating Fraser-Pryce's compatriot and double Olympic sprint champion from 2016 Elaine Thompson.