Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce narrowly held off Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands to retain her 100m World Championships title in Beijing. Fraser-Pryce, 28, started strongly but was almost caught by Schippers on the line as she crossed in 10.76 seconds. It was a sixth career gold at the World Championships for Fraser-Pryce, who won the 100m and 200m double in 2013. Schippers, a heptathlete bronze medallist two years ago, finished ahead of American Tori Bowie in third. Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare came last in the star studded final.
Roger Federer beat world number one Novak Djokovic to win his seventh Cincinnati Masters title on Sunday. The 34-year-old Swiss, who knocked out Britain’s Andy Murray in the semi-final, recorded a 7-6 (7-1) 6-3 win. Djokovic lost the first set on a tie break, and the 28-year-old Serb then double faulted at break point in his first service game of the second set. Federer, who will now be the number two seed at the US Open, held serve to win in one hour 30 minutes. “We really get the best out of each other,” said Federer, who made it an 87th tour-level title. “We have improved a lot playing against each other over the years. “It’s very special for me. I will try my best to come back for many years to come.” With the victory, Federer denied Djokovic from completing the set of all nine ATP Masters titles and took a 21-20 edge in career head-to-head meetings. “I really hope he (Djokovic) can win here one day,” added Federer. “He deserves it.” The win will also give Federer confidence going into US Open, which begins on 31 August, where he will be seeking a sixth title at Flushing Meadows and his first since 2008.
A 26-year-old striker for Cameroonian second division team Dynamo de Douala collapsed during a match and later died, according to Cameroon’s professional Football league. Leopold Angong Oben was fouled in the penalty area, earning his team a spot-kick during the first half of the match against Colombe du Dja-et-Lobo at the Reunification Stadium in the commercial capital Douala on Saturday. He received treatment on the field and resumed play but collapsed minutes later. “He collapsed in the stadium in the 33rd minute of the match. “His team mates tried to revive him without success,” said sports journalist Aime Moukoko, who was in the stadium reporting on the match. The referee called for the assistance of Red Cross personnel present at the stadium, the Cameroon Professional Football League said in a statement. “(Oben) was evacuated to a Douala hospital where he passed away minutes after,” the statement said. His cause of death has not been disclosed. Oben was the second player from Dynamo de Douala to die in the span of three weeks after 27-year-old goalkeeper Ferdinand Mbog passed away following an unspecified illness.
Usain Bolt produced perhaps his greatest performance of all as he put a troubled build-up behind him to beat two-time doper and clear favourite Justin Gatlin to retain his world 100m title. The controversial Gatlin came into the final on a 28-race unbeaten run and apparently relishing his role as the sport’s bad guy. But at the same Bird’s Nest stadium in Beijing where Bolt announced himself to the world with two Olympic golds and two world records in 2008, the Jamaican superstar came past a faltering Gatlin at the death to snatch victory by one hundredth of a second. Bolt’s 9.79 seconds was more than two tenths off his world record, but this was a night for athletics to celebrate victories rather than times. Canada’s Andre de Grasse and young American Trayvon Bromell were both awarded bronzes in 9.92secs. Few noticed. This was once again the Bolt show, even as the world doubted him, even as his own struggles this summer continued in a semi-final when he stumbled and almost fell. Gatlin had looked unbeatable in running 9.77secs in his own semi-final, but starting out in lane seven – US team-mate Tyson Gay between him and Bolt in five – he was the slowest of the main contenders from the block.