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World Championship Dawn Harper-Nelson resumes Beijing love-affair in 100metres hurdles

United States continued their recent dominance of the women's 100metres hurdles in Beijing on Thursday, with all four entrants cruising through the heats.

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United States continued their recent dominance of the women's 100metres hurdles in Beijing on Thursday, with all four entrants cruising through the heats.

Dawn Harper-Nelson (12.79 seconds) - winner of the 2008 Olympic Games final at the Bird's Nest - was one of five heat winners at the 2015 World Championships alongside compatriot Brianna Rollins (12.67secs).

Kendra Harrison (12.90secs) and Sharika Nelvis (12.93secs) looked to have run within themselves as they finished second in the first two heats.

Jamaica's Danielle Williams (12.77secs), Germany's Cindy Roleder (12.86secs) and Tiffany Porter (12.73secs) of Great Britain were the other heat winners.

At the past three major athletics events - the 2012 Olympic Games and the last two world championships - USA have won one gold, two silver and two bronze medals in the event.

With Australia's Sally Pearson (two gold, one silver) missing Beijing 2015 due to injury, Harper-Nelson, Rollins, Harrison and Nelvis are considered the leading contenders for gold in China.

In the women's high jump, Australian teenager Eleanor Patterson joined reigning Olympic champion Anna Chicherova and 2014 Diamond League title-holder Maria Kuchina in qualifying for the final.

Patterson, 19, stunned the athletics world last year when she won the Commonwealth Games gold medal at her first major senior event, and she backed that up by clearing the qualifying mark of 1.92metres in Beijing.

In all, 13 women reached the final including Russian pair Chicherova and Kuchina, plus Croatia's dual world champion Blanka Vlasic and Ruth Beitia of Spain.

Ethiopia's Genzebe Dibaba (15:20.82) and Almaz Ayana (15:09.40) won the two heats of the women's 5000m, while Kenyan trio Elijah Motonei Manangoi (3:42.57), Asbel Kiprop (3:38.97) and Silas Kiplagat (3:38.13) won the three heats of the men's 1500m.

In the women's long jump, reigning Olympic and world champion Brittney Reese (6.39m) surprisingly failed to reach the qualifying mark of 6.75m.

Serbia's Ivana Spanovic (6.91m) - bronze medallist two years ago in Moscow - jumped the furthest in qualifying, while Lorraine Ugen of Great Britain (6.87m) and Germany's Malaika Mihambo (6.84m) wrapped up the top three.

Jamaica's Fedrick Dacres (65.77m) produced the best result in qualifying for the men's discus final, while Germany's Christoph Harting (64.23m) - brother of reigning Olympic and world champion Robert - also advanced.

Robert Harting has won the past three world titles but is not in Beijing after injuring his knee last year.

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