BOWIE WINS 100M THRILLER AT WORLDS

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Lon­don, UK - Amer­i­can Tori Bowie up­set Ja­maican favourite Elaine Thomp­son to win the women's world 100m fi­nal on Sun­day, as New Zealan­der To­mas Walsh dom­i­nated the shot put with a stun­ning se­ries of throws.

Be­fore an­other packed-out ses­sion at the Lon­don Sta­dium, Greek pole vaulter Eka­te­rina Ste­fanidi and hep­tath­lete Nafi Thiam also added world ti­tles to the Olympic golds they won in Rio last year.

Twenty-four hours af­ter the fire­works of the men's 100m fi­nal when Usain Bolt was up­staged by arch-ri­val Justin Gatlin, Bowie en­sured the US team made it 2-0 in the sprint stakes over Ja­maica on day three of the cham­pi­onships.

Bowie made up for her sil­ver at the Rio Games with a sav­age dip at the line that saw her win in 10.85 sec­onds, just one-hun­dredth ahead of Ivo­rian MarieJosee Ta Lou, with Thomp­son fifth (10.86). The Nether­lands' Dafne Schip­pers came through for bronze in 10.96.

"The dive doesn't feel too good now," said US cham­pion Bowie. "I never give up un­til I'm over the line."

Bowie fell to the ground af­ter cross­ing the line and ini­tially it was Ta Lou who cel­e­brated only for the board to say oth­er­wise.

"I had no idea that I had won," said Bowie. "The only thing I knew was that tonight I was go­ing to lay it all on the line."

Thomp­son had started well, but faded af­ter the halfway mark, un­able to find an ex­tra gear as she has done most of the sea­son. Ta Lou then emerged as the clear leader but Bowie ate into her ad­van­tage and then pro­duced the dip of her life to take the ti­tle from un­der the Ivo­rian's nose.

Im­pe­rial Walsh

In the field, Walsh was in im­pe­rial form, pro­duc­ing his best, 22.03m, with the sixth and fi­nal ef­fort in the men's shot. The 25 year old former builder edged out Amer­ica's de­fend­ing cham- pion Joe Ko­vacs, who posted a best of 21.66m.

There was drama to the end, how- ever, as

Ko­vacs was left fum­ing that his fi­nal throw that ap­peared to be more than 22m was ruled, rightly, a foul.

Croa­tia's Stipe Zu­nic took the bronze with 21.46m whilst there was dis­ap­point­ment for Olympic cham­pion Ryan Crouser, who could fin­ish only sixth with 21.20m.

"To pull it out on the last one is awe­some," said Walsh.

"I knew that Crouser was go­ing to at­tack on the last at­tempt and it is so spe­cial for me to know that I was able to at­tack, too."

Greece's Olympic cham­pion Ste­fanidi en­joyed a com­pelling bat­tle with Amer­i­can Sandi Mor­ris in the pole vault.

The 27 year old vaulted a na­tional record of 4.91m for vic­tory, fail­ing three times at what would have been a cham­pi­onship record of 5.02m.

Mor­ris, the world in­door cham­pion and Olympic sil­ver medal­list on count­back from Ste­fanidi in Rio last year, claimed sil­ver with a best of 4.75m. Cuba's de­fend­ing cham­pion Yaris­ley Silva shared bronze with Robeilys Peinado of Venezuela.

Ste­fanidi's feat was mir­rored by Thiam, the 21 year old Bel­gian do­ing just enough in the seventh and fi­nal event of the hep­tathlon, the 800m, to amass a win­ning to­tal of 6,784 points, with overnight leader Carolin Schafer of Ger­many tak­ing sil­ver

with 6,696.

(AFP)

Tori Bowie (cen­tre) of US crosses the fin­ish line ahead of Ivory Coast's Marie-Josee Ta Lou (left) and Ja­maica's Elaine Thomp­son in the women's 100m race on Sun­day

(AFP)

New Zealand's To­mas Walsh cel­e­brates af­ter win­ning the men's shot put ti­tle on Sun­day

(AFP)

Tori Bowie (right) cel­e­brates with Trinidad and Tobago's Kelly-Ann Bap­tiste in Lon­don on Sun­day

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