“I had no idea that I had won,” Bowie said.
Bowie joined her compatriot Justin Gatlin, who won the men’s 100 on Saturday, as a surprise sprint winner. They gave the United States its first world championship double in the 100 meters since 2005.
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“The dive doesn’t feel too good now,” Bowie said. “But that has saved me at championships in the past.”
Now, looking ahead to Friday, she is thinking of a golden double.
“I have a few cuts,” she said, “but I’ll be ready for the 200 meters.”
The 100 was supposed to be another triumph for Elaine Thompson, a Jamaican runner who had comfortably defeated Bowie in their two previous meetings — last year’s Olympic final and this summer’s Diamond League race.
Thompson started well, but she faded after the halfway mark, unable to find an extra gear as she has done most of the season. She finished fifth.
In the marathons, Geoffrey Kipkorir Kirui of Kenya won the men’s race by more than a minute, finishing in 2 hours 8 minutes 27 seconds to make up for his country’s podium no-show during the past two championships. Rose Chelimo, who was born in Kenya and competes for Bahrain, finished in 2:27.11 to edge Edna Kiplagat of Kenya by seven seconds and win the women’s race.
In the men’s shot-put, New Zealand’s Tomas Walsh dominated the event with a series of spectacular throws. His final one, on his sixth attempt, was his longest, at 22.03 meters.