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Evelyn Ashford's Pan American Games record falls after 40 years

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Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce broke the 40-year-old Pan American Games 200-meter record Friday.

The two-time Olympic 100 champion clocked 22.43 seconds. The tournament’s previous record of 22.45 was set by American Evelyn Ashford in Puerto Rico in 1979. Fraser-Pryce, 32, beat Brazil’s Vitoria Cristina Rose, who won silver, and the Bahamas’ Tynia Gaither, who took bronze.

“It’s a long time since I’ve broken a record so I feel great about that,” she said, adding, “My coach told me to run the first half very hard and I decided to go for it from the gun.”