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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Ukrainian Sprints Past Jones to Claim Shock Gold

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EDMONTON, Canada — One superstar lost her cloak of invincibility. Another held on to it, barely.

Ukraine's Zhanna Pintusevich-Block scored one of the biggest upsets in World Championship history Monday, handing Marion Jones her first defeat in 42 races to win the 100 meters in a season's best 10.82.

Stacy Dragila of the United States and Svetlana Feofanova of Russia went neck-and-neck in the greatest women's pole vault competition in history, with both clearing a new championship height of 4.75 meters and the American winning on the fewer-attempts rule.

Almost lost in the excitement was veteran Jonathan Edwards of Britain reclaiming the world triple jump title at 35, six years after his earlier world championship triumph, to add to the Olympic title he won last year.

Pintusevich-Block's astonishing victory turned the world of women's sprinting upside down, but a hint of things to come had emerged in the semifinals when she edged Jones by one-hundredth of a second.

Ninety minutes later, Pintusevich-Block shot out of the blocks and held on to win in the biggest sprint upset since Carl Lewis defied the years to beat world record holder Leroy Burrell at the Tokyo World Championships in 1991.

Pintusevich-Block had waited four long years for Monday's triumph.

At the 1997 Athens World Championships, Jones won her first major title by two-hundredths of a second ahead of the Ukrainian, who found little consolation in winning the 200.

"It was a dream come true to win the 100," she said. "The 200 is not the same. To me the 100 is always the No. 1 event.

Jones was as gracious in defeat as in victory: "People get beaten sometimes. She deserved it today. She has put in the hard work and ran a wonderful race. It is the sign of a true champion when you come back from such a defeat, put it together and get tough again," Jones said.

Pintusevich-Block clocked 10.82 seconds, three hundredths of a second ahead of Jones with Greece's Ekaterini Thanou third in 10.91.

The 29-year-old Ukrainian has endured a checkered career since her gold and silver in Athens.

She finished fourth in the 1999 Seville world 100 final and failed to start in her quarterfinal of the 200.

Last year she was out of the medals at the Sydney Olympics with a fifth place in the 100 and eighth in the 200.

The women's pole vault had its version of a photo finish Monday.

World record holder Dragila added a second World Championship to her Olympic title in the duel with Feofanova in which both cleared the championship-record height of 4.75 meters on their first attempts.

They both then missed three times on the world record height of 4.82, despite the cheers of some 30,000 fans at Commonwealth Stadium. Dragila won because, three heights earlier, she only needed two attempts at 4.65, compared to Feofanova's three tries.

"We're both No. 1 today. This is awesome," Dragila said after embracing her rival. "No more competitions like this."

Feofanova said she didn't consider it a defeat.

"As far as I know, I didn't really lose, but we more like tied," she said. "We both jumped just as high."

Monika Pyrek of Poland, just 20, cleared 4.55 on her first attempt to claim the bronze.

Olympic champion and world record holder Edwards added another triple-jump title, beating his closest rival Christian Olsson of Sweden, six years after winning his first.

Edwards jumped a season's leading 17.92 meters, well ahead of Olsson's 17.47. Russian Igor Spasovkhodski was a further three centimeters back for the bronze.

In the men's 400, Avard Moncur of Bahamas took the lead on the final turn to defeat Ingo Schultz of Germany. Gregory Haughton of Jamaica won the bronze.

Favorite Osleidys Menendez of Cuba captured the women's javelin gold, overwhelming Mirela Manjani-Tzelili of Greece and fellow Cuban Sonia Bisset.

Menendez, the world record holder, threw 69.53 meters on her third attempt, a distance none of the others could approach.

Apart from Jones, another American also lost his bid for history when shot-put gold medallist John Godina failed to qualify for the discus final at the World Championships, ending a quest to become the first winner of both weight events.

Godina, who won his third world shot-put title Saturday, fouled on his first discus attempt, had a poor second try, and fouled again on the third to finish well outside the 12 qualifiers for Wednesday's final.

After four days of competition, the United States topped the medals table with eight — three gold, three silver and two bronze — and Russia was next with seven, comprising two gold, two silver and three bronze. Six nations had two medals each, and another nine claimed one.

(Reuters, AP)