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Bowie completes 100m double for US


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London, Aug. 7 (GNA/dpa) – Tori Bowie stormed
to the 100 metres title on Sunday to complete a first women’s and men’s double
for the United States in the blue riband race since 2005 at the world
championships.

Bowie edged Ivory Coast’s Marie-Josee Ta Lou
by one-hundredth of a second with a desperate lunge as Jamaican Olympic
champion and pre-race favourite Elaine Thompson of Jamaica had to settle

London, Aug. 7 (GNA/dpa) – Tori Bowie stormed
to the 100 metres title on Sunday to complete a first women’s and men’s double
for the United States in the blue riband race since 2005 at the world
championships.

Bowie edged Ivory Coast’s Marie-Josee Ta Lou
by one-hundredth of a second with a desperate lunge as Jamaican Olympic
champion and pre-race favourite Elaine Thompson of Jamaica had to settle for
fifth.

It was the second bad blow in 24 hours for the
Jamaicans who have ruled the distance for a decade, with Justin Gatlin winning
the men’s race Saturday from young compatriot Christian Coleman and leaving
only bronze for retirement-bound Jamaican superstar Usain Bolt.

The last American 100m double came 12 years
ago in Helsinki from Gatlin and Lauryn Williams.

Bowie, 26, had improved from bronze at the
last worlds in 2015 to silver at the Olympics, and on Sunday took the final
step to the top of the podium.

She clocked 10.86 seconds, dipping across the
line just ahead of Ta Lou. Dutch 200m world champion Dafne Schippers claimed
bronze in a time of 10.96.

“The dive (across the line) doesn’t feel
too good now. But it has saved me at championships in the past. I never give up
until I am over the line,” Bowie said.

Thompson never got into the race and managed
only 10.98, admitting: “I didn’t execute my race well. I just don’t know
what happened.”

GNA


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