Defending champion Allyson Felix of the United States has won the 200 meters at the world championships, beating Olympic champion Veronica Campbell-Brown of Jamaica.

Felix held off an early charge by the Jamaican and extended her lead in the home straight to win in 22.02 seconds on Friday, holding an edge of .33 over Campbell-Brown.

Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie of the Bahamas took bronze.

It was the first sprint gold medal for the United States at the championships and Jamaica's first loss.

(This version CORRECTS APNewsNow. SUBS 4th graf to correct that it's first sprint gold for US.)