Unlike Bolt, Fraser-Pryce got the baton with a big lead. With her pink hair extensions swaying in the air behind her, she kept on building her advantage to cross in a championship record of 41.29 seconds.
The United States failed to lead the gold medal standings for the first time since the inaugural world championships in Helsinki 30 years ago. Instead, Russia topped the table with seven golds, while the Americans and Jamaicans won six each. In the overall standings, the U.S. team dominated with 25, holding a wide lead over the host nation’s 17.
With a middle-distance double Sunday, Kenya secured African domination over neighbor and rival Ethiopia.
Asbel Kiprop successfully defended his 1,500 title with a devastating kick on the final straightaway. Matthew Centrowitz of the United States took silver in the hectic sprint finish, just ahead of Johan Cronje of South Africa.