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Jamaica's Merlene Ottey, the world's best women's sprinter the past two years, avenged a rare defeat by equaling her 200-meter world record of 22.24 seconds in the World Indoor Track and Field Championships on Sunday.

Ottey beat Irina Sergeyeva, the Soviet who had upset her in Friday's final of the 60-meter dash, ending a 73-race winning streak that began in 1989.