September 20, 2017  

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USM Alumna Bowie Grabs Title of World's Fastest Woman

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USM alumna Tori Bowie has added a world 100-meter dash title to her collection of Olympic medals.

Perhaps nothing could ever top the thrill of capturing an Olympic gold medal, but University of Southern Mississippi alumna Tori Bowie now owns a distinction that might certainly be considered as prestigious.

In addition to Olympic champion, you also can call her the fastest woman in the world. Bowie shocked a star-studded field by capturing the 100-meter dash at the World Track and Field Championships last Sunday in London with a time of 10.85 seconds.

The 26-year-old from Sand Hill, Miss., came from midway through the pack over the final 20 meters to close in on frontrunner, Marie-Josee Ta Lou of the Ivory Coast. A determined lean at the end enabled Bowie to nip Ta Lou by .01 of a second. With the victory, she became the first U.S. woman to win the 100-meter world title since Carmelita Jeter in 2011.

Bowie, a 2012 USM graduate, claimed three medals during the 2016 Summer Olympics: a gold as part of the 4 X 100 meter relay; a silver in the 100-meter dash, and a bronze in the 200-meter event.

To read more about Bowie’s journey from rural Sand Hill to international track and field stardom, visit: https://issuu.com/jcoll/docs/talonwin16