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Ennis-Hill closes in on gold, Fraser-Pryce cruises

© Reuters. Fraser-Pryce sprints ahead of Vargas to win their women's 100 metres heat at the 15th IAAF World Championships at the National Stadium in Beijing

By Gene Cherry

BEIJING (Reuters) - Olympic champion Jessica Ennis-Hill took charge of heptathlon after British compatriot and gold medal rival Katarina Johnson-Thompson fouled out in the long jump chasing world athletics championship glory on Sunday.

Elsewhere on the second morning at Beijing's Bird's Nest Stadium, defending champion and favorite Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce eased through the opening heats of the women's 100 meters in a very comfortable 10.88 seconds.

"Today is just about getting through the rounds," she said, sporting long green hair and a sunflower headband.

The champion was joined in Monday's semi-finals by a nervous American contender Tori Bowie (10.88), who put down a marker by easily...


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