Joy for Kiprotich, Defar and Rollins; Farah and Fraser-Pryce complete a double on Friday

Usain Bolt captured a fourth major event sprint double as the Jamaican superstar stormed to a third straight 200metres title at the IAAF World Championships on Saturday.

Bolt won his seventh overall world title in 19.66 seconds from countryman Warren Weir before the two danced to reggae music on their victory lap.

The 26-year-old Bolt can complete a treble, as at the 2009 Worlds, and 2008 and 2012 Olympics, with victory in the 4x100m relay on Sunday.

Host Russia cheered a double gold from high jumper Svetlana Shkolina and the women's 4x400m relay for top place in the medal table with a 7-3-5 tally ahead of the USA.

In other events, Olympic champion Stephen Kiprotich won Uganda's first men's gold here by taking the marathon, Meseret Defar of Ethiopia a fourth major 5,000m gold, American Brianna Rollins lived up to her 100m hurdles top billing and Czech Vitezslav Vesely took the javelin.

Bolt's latest 200m triumph was never in danger but he also stayed far above his world record 19.19 seconds in cool conditions in the Luzhniki.

He came out of the bend with a solid lead while Weir lowered his personal best to 19.79 in his slipstream for silver. USA's Curtis Mitchell took bronze in 20.04m.

Meanwhile on Friday, Britain’s Mo Farah entered the pantheon of long-distance running when he completed a double with 5,000m gold, and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce’s 200m title gave her a first sprint double.

Farah defended his 2011 title six days after winning the 10,000m and a year after also winning both distances at the London 2012 Olympics. The only other man to hold Olympic and World doubles at the same time is Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele, from the 2008 Games and 2009 Worlds.

Fraser-Pryce was unstoppable in the 200m after winning the 100m while her American rival Allyson Felix pulled up injured early in the race.

Elsewhere, host Russia celebrated as Alexandr Menkov got long jump gold and Olympic champion Tatyana Lysenko retained her hammer throw title with a new mark.

German David Storl defended his shot put title and the USA was a familiar winner in the men’s 4x400m relay. — DPA

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