With the lean of a lifetime, Tori Bowie edged out the Ivory Coast’s Marie-Josee Ta Lou to win her first ever World Championship gold medal. Bowie, the Olympic silver medallist last year in Rio, came from behind to take her first world title in 10.85.
In a spectacular final it was Ta Lou who ran the best first 60m, speeding ahead of the field and with 30 meters remaining the title was within her grasp. Bowie, however, had other ideas, reeling the Ivorian in and appearing to charge for home, reducing the margin from two meters to one, and then lunging for the line.
Bowie, three times previously an individual global medallist but without a title, confessed to feeling the after-effects of her heroics but confirmed that she would be back to contest the 200m on Tuesday. “The dive doesn’t feel too good now. But that has saved me at championships in the past. I never give up until I’m over the line.”
Meanwhile, Ta Lou was more pleased to secure silver than disappointed to miss out on gold. “I am just happy to have this medal,” she explained. “It is a dream come true. I didn’t expect to be in the top three because all the girls have the power and talent to make the podium.”
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