Ahoure upsets Jeter and Fraser-Pryce, Dibaba miss World record in Birmingham

Côte d'Ivoire's Murielle Ahoure / Photo: Yomi Omogbeja

Côte d'Ivoire's Murielle Ahoure upsets the favourites Carmelita Jeter (USA) and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (Jamaica) to win the women's 60 metres with an All-Comers record and lifetime best of 6.99 seconds at the British Athletics Indoor Grand Prix in Birmingham on Saturday.

Ahoure, who ran the 2013 world lead of 7.00 secs earlier this year, powered past the two rivals in what was a comfortable victory for the African woman.

Fraser-Pryce edged American Barbara Pierre for second position with both timed at 7.09 with Jeter finishing fourth in a season's best 7.18 seconds.

After the race, a delighted Ahoure was surprised by her sub-seven second timing.

"We didn't really plan to run indoors at all. My goal is the world championships outdoors so I've just been training for the 100," she said.

"It's great to come here in the middle of training and drop a time like that," she added.


World indoor champion, Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia narrowly missed out on 1500m World indoor record after fading over the final lap in her attempt to break the mark.

Dibaba, younger sister of three-time Olympic champion Tirunesh,  was inside world-record pace with 200 metres to go but fell short of Russian Elena Soboleva's world mark of 3:58.28 to secured victory in an all-comers record time of 4:00.83.

American sprinter Michael Rodgers ran a season-best time of 6.53 seconds to win the men's 60 metres ahead of Nesta Carter (6.56) of Jamaica.

In the men’s 800m, two-time World indoor champion, Abubaker Kaki of Sudan (1:46.57) was pushed down on the finish line by Briton Michael Rimmer who was awarded the race in a personal best time of 1:46.55. Mukhtar Mohammed clocked 1:46.58 for third and World indoor bronze medallist, Andrew Osagie, finished fourth with a  season’s best 1:46.97.

Abdelaati Iguider of Morocco won the men’s metric mile in 3:37.45 ahead of Kenya's Bethwell Birgen (3:37.57).

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