Sprinter de­liv­ers an­other stun­ning up­set for U.S.

Bowie stum­bles but still takes the gold in women’s 100 me­ters, a day af­ter Bolt shocker.

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LON­DON — The Amer­i­can sprinter took a mighty tum­ble. No­body, how­ever, has fallen harder than Ja­maica so far at this year’s world cham­pi­onships.

The even­ing af­ter Usain Bolt’s im­prob­a­ble loss to two U.S. run­ners, the world’s best sprint is­land watched the red, white and blue pa­rade around the track once again at its ex­pense.

Tori Bowie leaned over the line for her 100-me­ter vic­tory, then stum­bled and crashed down to the track to put the ex­cla­ma­tion point on the sec­ond straight sprint shock of the meet. Her .01-sec­ond vic­tory Sun­day over Marie-Josee Ta Lou of the Ivory Coast was a photofin­ish thriller.

The fact that the de­fend­ing Olympic cham­pion and the most dom­i­nant fe­male sprinter of 2017, Elaine Thomp­son of Ja­maica, fin­ished fifth was ev­ery bit as stun­ning.

“The past few years, Ja­maica has dom­i­nated,” Bowie said. “We’ve had no harsh feel­ings to­ward them, no neg­a­tive thoughts. We’ve been ex­tremely fo­cused on our­selves. Just try­ing to get where they’re at.”

In end­ing a stretch of four straight Ja­maican wins at the Olympics and worlds, Bowie be­came the first U.S. woman to win the world ti­tle at 100 me­ters since Carmelita Jeter in 2011. This marks the first U.S. sweep of the 100 at the worlds since 2005. Bowie’s time, 10.85 sec­onds, was noth­ing spec­tac­u­lar. Her race, though, was some­thing to be­hold.

She trailed Ta Lou by two paces as they headed into the last 20 me­ters, but Bowie caught Ta Lou at the end and her lean at the line was text­book. Dafne Schip­pers took bronze in 10.96.

Rose Che­limo and Ge­of­frey Kirui took the ti­tles in the marathon dou­ble­header. To­mas Walsh won the gold in shot put for New Zealand — a re­sult that was ver­i­fied af­ter Joe Ko­vacs lost an ap­peal over his last throw. The throw would’ve been a win­ner but the Amer­i­can was ruled to have foot faulted. Eka­terini Ste­fanidi of Greece held off Sandi Mor­ris of the United States to claim pole-vault gold.

Patrick Smith Getty Im­ages

TORI BOWIE of the United States tum­bles across the fin­ish line dur­ing her gold medal per­for­mance.

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