Bolt, Jamaicans sweep sprints at worlds
MOSCOW — Usain Bolt won his third gold medal of the world championships by anchoring Jamaica's winning 4x100-meter relay team Sunday. Combined with an identical 100-200-relay triple from Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Jamaica became the first nation to sweep the six sprints at the event.
"As a country, we should be elated," Fraser-Pryce said.
Bolt trailed American Justin Gatlin when he got the baton on the anchor leg. But a botched U.S. handoff and Bolt's speed carried him. "I wasn't really worried about Justin," Bolt said. "I knew if he got the baton in front of me, I could catch him."
"I was able to collect myself," Gatlin said. "But it wasn't enough. It's not just about the talent. It's about rising to the occasion. (Bolt) understands what that means."
Bolt tied American Carl Lewis for most medals won by a man at worlds with 10. (Jamaican sprinter Merlene Ottey is the top woman with 14 from 1983-97). Bolt has eight golds and two silvers to Lewis' eight golds, one silver and one bronze in the sprints and long jump from 1983-93.
"It is just great," said Bolt, who was disqualified in the 100 final at the 2011 world meet because of a false start. "I'll continue dominating. I'll continue to work hard."
Fraser-Pryce became the first woman to sweep the sprints. She got the baton for the anchor leg with a big lead and cruised. Third after a bad exchange, the Americans, with UCF's Octavious Freeman, were moved to second after France was disqualified.
In the triple jump, Will Claye, a former Gator and the 2012 Olympic silver medalist, took third in the triple jump. Ex-Gator Christian Taylor, the defending champion and 2012 gold medalist, was fourth.
The United States failed to win the most golds for the first time since the inaugural worlds in 1983. Russia's seven led; the Americans and Jamaicans had six. The Americans won an event-high 25 medals, eight more than Russia.
Azarenka rallies past Serena
World No. 2 Victoria Azarenka beat No. 1 Serena Williams 2-6, 6-2, 7-6 (8-6) to win the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati. Williams had won 14 in a row, entered 60-3 this season and won 12 of 14 against Azarenka, including in three sets in last year's U.S. Open final. But she committed 58 unforced errors. "I just felt really off this whole week, but I was surprised to be in the final and surprised to be doing well," said Williams, who won the first set in 26 minutes. "So I don't know. There's a few factors." Azarenka broke to force the tiebreaker. "The important thing is how I adjusted after the first set," she said. "It was a great battle. Nothing was given away. It was pure fight."
Men's final: Rafael Nadal beat Tampa resident John Isner 7-6 (10-8), 7-6 (7-3). Nadal, who faced two set points in the first, is a career-best 53-3 this year and has reached the final in 11 of his past 12 tournaments. More important to him, he has won consecutive hardcourt titles for the first time in his career, including in Montreal last week. Nadal flopped on his back and screamed after match point. "It's just amazing for me," he said. "It was an emotional moment."
Gymnastics: Sam Mikulak, a 2012 Olympian and two-time NCAA champion, won the U.S. championship in Hartford, Conn. His two-day total of 181.400 points was 2.9 more than Alex Naddour and would have been larger had he not slipped twice on the pommel horse.
Sailing: Emirates Team New Zealand's mechanical problems allowed Italy's Luna Rossa to win and even the best-of-13 Louis Vuitton Cup final at one off San Francisco. For the second straight day, strong winds forced the postponement of the second race. Two races will be held today, previously a scheduled day off. The winner faces Oracle Team USA for the America's Cup.
Horses: Up With the Birds won the $500,000 Breeders' Stakes by 2¾ lengths over River Seven at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto.
Little League: Westport, Conn. (9-7 over Sammamish, Wash.) and Chula Vista, Calif. (15-3 over Newark, Del.) moved one win away from the U.S. final at the World Series in Williamsport, Pa. Mexico (13-0 over Panama) and Japan (3-2 over Taiwan) moved one win away from the international final.