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