Tori Bowie may sound like the name of a rock musician, but in reality she’s a different kind of star. Unable to attend the London Olympics due to an injury, she continued to train until it lead her to the recent track and field world championships in London, coincidentally in the same stadium that the Olympics were held in. During the race, Bowie was neck-and neck with Marie-Josée Ta Lou, a runner from the Ivory Coast.
Bowie won by one hundredth of a second by dipping and nearly falling at just the right moment. She also beat Elaine Thompson, a long time rival of Bowie’s who had previously beaten her in multiple races.
Another athlete from the United States, Justin Gatlin, won the the men’s 100 meter dash, beating Usain Bolt. however, the crowd did not respond well to Gatlin’s victory and he was even booed. People may have been booing to signify their doubt of the legitimacy of Gatlin’s victory on account of Gatlin’s past records of doping to enhance his athletic performance.
Other notable athletes in the world championships include Tomas Walsh of New Zealand. Walsh competed in the men’s shot put and had a longest throw of 22.03 meters. There was also Geoffrey Kipkorir Kirui from Kenya, who won the men’s marathon, making up for Kenya’s losses in previous years.
In the women’s marathon, two other athletes from Kenya did extremely well. One was Rose Chelimo, who was born in Kenya but competed for Bahrain and the other was Edna Kiplagat who was born in Kenya and competed on its behalf.