The USA took another sprinting gold on Sunday when Tori Bowie became Women’s 100 metres World Champion in London.
And just like compatriot Justin Gatlin’s shock victory over Usain Bolt in the men’s 100 metres final a day earlier, American success meant deep Jamaican disappointment.
Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson had been favourite to take top spot on the podium. The Olympic champion had looked in fine form in the heats and was at a loss to explain her defeat. She came home in fifth.
Bowie meanwhile delivered a finish line masterclass to win the race, timing her dip perfectly to beat Ivory Coast’s Marie-Josee Ta Lou.
Dutchwoman Dafne Schippers took bronze.
Speaking to reporters at a post-race news conference, Bowie reflected on the US sprint success.
“I think, it is just based upon the athlete,” she said.
“I think that in the past few years we just have been extremely patient, and continuing to work hard whether we finish second or third. And I feel like our hard work finally paid off.”
Rose Chelimo, a Bahraini who switched allegiance from her native Kenya, sprinted away from her former compatriot Edna Kiplagat to win the women’s marathon after a tactical battle and exciting finish.
The 28-year-old, who acquired Bahraini citizenship two years ago, finished strongly in 2 hours 27 minutes 11 seconds, seven seconds clear of Kiplagat.
In the men’s marathon, Kenyan Geoffrey Kipkorir Kirui crossed the line first at Tower Bridge after a compelling east African duel with Ethiopian Tamirat Tola.
Kenya’s fifth men’s world champion at the distance eventually crossed the line at Tower Bridge in 2 hours 8 minutes 27 seconds, finishing one minute and 22 seconds ahead of Tola.
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