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  • Felix injured as Fraser-Pryce wins 200 at worlds

  • MOSCOW — Allyson Felix flew out of the blocks, same as usual. She tried to settle into her rhythm around the turn, as she always has.
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  • MOSCOW — Allyson Felix flew out of the blocks, same as usual. She tried to settle into her rhythm around the turn, as she always has.
    Then everything went horribly wrong for the American sprinter. She suddenly screamed and began hopping before falling to the track with a torn hamstring.
    There went her world championships. There possibly went her season, too.
    As Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce won the 200-meter race Friday night, Felix, the Olympic champion in the event, was at the far end of the stadium being tended to by medical personnel.
    And as Fraser-Pryce dropped to the track in celebration, Felix was being carried off by her brother, Wes. Felix had big plans, too, possibly winning three medals — one in her signature event, the 200, along with maybe two more in the 4x100 and 4x400 relays.
    "I'm extremely devastated," Felix said in a statement. "I was really hoping to go out there and put together a great race."
    It was setting up to be an epic showdown. Fraser-Pryce got off to a fast start, but Felix is known for her finishes.
    She never got a chance to kick it into gear.
    Suddenly, she was out of the race. From there, it was all Fraser-Pryce as she won in 22.17 seconds. Murielle Ahoure of Ivory Coast was second, a fraction of a second ahead of Nigeria's Blessing Okagbare, a silver medalist in the long jump.
    "I heard when she screamed out, but I was really focused on what I wanted," Fraser-Pryce said. "I decided I was running that corner and I didn't care who you were, if you were Usain Bolt behind me, I couldn't care less, I was running like my life depended on it."
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