Bowie wins women's 100m world title, Thompson flops

Bowie wins women's 100m world title, Thompson flops

American Tori Bowie - who collected a full house of Olympic medals previous year - looked mighty impressive in winning her heat, in the same time as Thompson, beating Commonwealth Games champion and perennial world finalist Blessing Okagbare of Nigeria.

The American dived across the line to beat Marie-Josee Ta Lou by just one hundredth of a second with a time of 10.85 seconds, falling to the floor in the process and taking Murielle Ahoure with her.

Her defeat is thus arguably even a bigger shock than Bolt's, capping a hugely disappointing two days for Jamaica, the dominant force in sprinting over the past nine years. "But that has saved me at championships in the past".

The 26-year-old Bowie, who crashed to the track beyond the finish line, went one better than her silver medal behind Thompson at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro last year.

Ta Lou, streaking away in lane four, left Michelle-Lee Ahye in three and Rosangela Santos on her right behind.

"I have a few cuts but I'll be ready for the 200m".

Brazil's Rosangela Santos set a South American record of 10.91 seconds as she finished second to Thompson and qualified.

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

The Olympic bronze medallist threw 22.03 metres with his final attempt but he had already secured the gold with his third effort of 21.75.

Neither Guy Learmonth nor Elliot Giles could progress from an 800m semi won by Poland's Adam Kszczot from Nijel Amos.

Bowie improved upon her 100m bronze in Beijing and silver at the Olympics in Rio past year in the sensational finish, and it built her confidence ahead of her participation in the 200m. She took a hard fall seconds after.



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