Former USM star Bowie gets silver in 100 meter dash
Published 10:50 pm Saturday, August 13, 2016
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Tori Bowie didn’t get her golden moment at the Olympics.
It was silver.
The Pisgah native and former Southern Miss track and field star won the silver medal in the women’s 100-meter dash Saturday at the Rio Olympics.
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Bowie clocked a time of 10.83 seconds in the final, .03 seconds ahead of Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica. Another Jamaican, Elaine Thompson, won the gold with a blistering time of 10.71 seconds.
“Jamaica has so many talented sprinters,” Thompson said. “To be the second champion, I’m really happy.”
Bowie is also competing in the women’s 200-meter dash and the 4×100 meter relay next week.
Preliminary heats for the 200 meters start at 7:35 a.m. Monday. The 200 meter semifinals are at 8 p.m. Tuesday,a nd the finals at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.
The Women’s 4x100m relay will begin heats at 9:20 a.m. Thursday, with the finals at 8:15 p.m. on Friday.
Another athlete with Mississippi ties, Jeff Henderson, won the 999th gold medal in U.S. history in the men’s long jump. The former Hinds Community College star overtook Luvo Manyonga of South Africa on his last jump to win the long jump gold medal with a mark of 8.38 meters (27 feet, 6 inches) — a fraction of an inch better than Manyonga.
Manyonga jumped 8.37 meters (27 feet, 5 1/2 inches) to get the silver. Britain’s Greg Rutherford, the defending Olympic champion, got bronze with a jump of 8.29 meters (27 feet, 2 1/2 inches).
Henderson is a native of Arkansas who competed in track and field at Hinds in 2008 and 2009. He won three NJCAA national championships in the long jump, and since then has twice been a United States champion.This is his first time competing in the Olympics.
Henderson’s Olympic long jump gold is the first for the United States since Dwight Phillips in the 2004 Athens games.
Also on Saturday, Mississippi State distance runner Brandon McBride reached the semifinals of the 800 meters before bowing out of the competition.
McBride, a two-time NCAA champion in the event, clocked a time of 1 minute, 45.41 seconds to finish sixth in his semifinal heat. He had won his preliminary heat in 1:45.99.