American Tori Bowie

LONDON — Tori Bowie of the United States won the women’s 100 metres title at the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London on Sunday, as pre-race favourite Elaine Thompson of Jamaica faded to 5th.

Bowie closed fast to win in 10.85 seconds — giving the United States a 2-0 advantage over Jamaica in the battle for sprint supremacy, following Justin Gatlin’s win over Usain Bolt on Saturday in the men’s race.

Marie-Josee Ta Lou of Ivory Coast looked well set to take the title, but she was pipped at the line by Bowie and had to settle for the silver in 10.86.

“I had no idea I won the race,” Bowie said.

Meanwhile, Dafne Schippers from the Netherlands, took bronze in 10.96 after closing fast late from lane nine.

Schippers, the 2015 world champion in the 200, will now turn her attention the defending her half lap crown later this week.

Two-time Olympic champion Thompson of Jamaica finished fifth in 10.98.

The Jamaican who owns the two fastest times in the world this year at 10.71 and 10.78, cruised 10.84 seconds to win her semi-final heat earlier in the day but a bad step midway through the race cost her the title.

—–Content from AP was included in this article.

American Tori Bowie

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