Motivated by Gatlin, Tori Bowie knew she’d win IAAF World Championships final
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Motivated by Gatlin, Tori Bowie knew she’d win IAAF World Championships final

After crossing the finish line first in the 100m final, Tori Bowie, inspired by Justin Gatlin, said she always knew she would succeed at the IAAF World Championships.

other sports Updated: Aug 07, 2017 11:20 IST
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US athlete Tori Bowie (L) celebrates with Trinidad and Tobago's Kelly-Ann Baptiste after winning gold in the final of the women's 100m athletics event at the 2017 IAAF World Championships at the London Stadium in London on August 6, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMAD(AFP)

Inspired by her countryman’s exploits at the IAAF World Championships, 100 metres women’s winner Tori Bowie said she always knew she would claim gold.

Justin Gatlin upstaged Usain Bolt in the men’s 100m final as the Jamaican icon farewelled athletics with a bronze medal.

Tori Bowie took motivation from Gatlin’s display, beating Marie-Josee Ta Lou by one hundredth of a second in London on Sunday.

After finishing second to Elaine Thompson at the Olympic Games last year, Tori Bowie produced a final lunge to cross the finish line first with a time of 10.85 seconds.

“I dreamed of this happening when I focused on the 100m,” Bowie said. “I would never have chosen this event otherwise.

“I don’t want to sound cocky but I knew I could do it at some point. Thanks to blind faith and believing myself, I have got the results.”

United States' Tori Bowie, second right, dips to win the gold medal in the Women's 100m final during the World Athletics Championships in London on Sunday. Others are (from left) Netherlands' Dafne Schippers, Ivory Coast's Murielle Ahoure and Jamaica's Elaine Thompson. (AP)

Asked about Gatlin’s victory on Saturday, Bowie said: “It definitely left me motivated. Anything was possible today. I came in with a positive mind set and rolled with it,” she added.

“This is my third championships after Beijing (2015) and Rio (2016) – I am extremely thankful for everyone but winning tonight shows the end of all the hard work.”

First Published: Aug 07, 2017 11:10 IST