August 23, 2015

BEIJING (AP) Usain Bolt did his customary thing, even if it was a little too close for comfort. Now the other Jamaican sprinter who's just as dominant gets her chance.

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce will try to defend her title in the 100 meters on Monday at the world championships. Like Bolt's slim win over Justin Gatlin, this one also doesn't figure to be a cakewalk.

Especially given the rise of American sprinter Tori Bowie.

Fraser-Pryce and Bowie each ran 10.88 seconds in their heats - the fastest first-round times ever run at worlds, according to USA Track and Field.

Their speed definitely put the rest of the field on notice for the semifinals and final.

''I'm happy they're going out there and putting on a show early,'' American sprinter English Gardner said. ''My game plan was to stick out there and coast through and save my energy. They get to have fun in that round. Hopefully I get to have some in the next ones.''

Bowie and Fraser-Pryce were hard to miss - not only for their performances, but for their hair flair as well. Fraser-Pryce lined her green-colored hair with daisies because, ''daisies are pretty, yellow and pretty.'' Bowie had streaks of purple through her locks.

On Sunday morning, Bowie received a comforting call from her family back home in Mississippi. They knew how anxious she was.

''I came out here extremely nervous,'' said Bowie, who is healthy after dealing with hip issues at nationals two months ago. ''It was almost to the point where I couldn't eat. I had to force something down anyway, because you can't come out here and run on an empty stomach.

''I feel really good for the first time this year.''

In the nick of time, too. Fraser-Pryce certainly showed why she's the favorite. She always is at big meets.

And be prepared to run somewhere in the 10.7-range, since that's typically around Fraser-Pryce's time when titles are on the line.

''In the back of everyone's mind, you know what you have to do,'' said Kelly-Ann Batiste of Trinidad and Tobago. ''But you can't think of the finish time, just the process. Everyone is thinking about executing their race strategy.''

Here are some things to know about Day 3 of the world championships:

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CLEAR PATH

Without Tirunesh Dibaba, Kenyan runner Vivian Cheruiyot is the favorite in the women's 10,000 meters. Dibaba, who has taken the year off to start a family, won the world title in 2013, two years after Cheruiyot. Shalane Flanagan of the United States, who won bronze at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, is also in the field.

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CLEAR FAVORITE

Colombian triple jumper Caterine Ibarguen has reeled off 28 straight wins since 2012, according to the IAAF. Naturally, she's the favorite. Don't overlook Ekaterina Koneva of Russia. She won the world indoor title as Ibarguen skipped the event.

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CLEAR THE BAR

How cool is this: Renaud Lavillenie of France has his own pole vaulting practice setup in his backyard. He's the world-indoor record holder and the 2012 London Olympic champion. However, Lavillenie has never won a world title, settling for silver in 2013 along with bronze medals in `09 and `11.

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CLEAR CUT

Ezekiel Kemboi of Kenya is the defending champion in the steeplechase. His teammate Jairus Birech may be the favorite, though, given that Birech has the world's fastest time this season.

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CLEAR SAILING

LaShawn Merritt of the United States and Kirani James of Grenada both easily advanced in the first round of the 400 meters. They're on course to meet in the final Wednesday. Merritt won gold and James silver at the worlds in 2013. The order was reversed in `11. Merritt also captured gold at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

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