UPDATE: Tori Bowie fell just short of Elaine Thompson (Team Jamaica) Saturday night in the 100m finals at 10.83s, securing a silver medal. Thompson’s time was 10.71s.
Bowie won her semifinal heat at 10.9s.
RIO– Mississippi native Tori Bowie won her heat in the 100m race, qualifying her for Saturday night’s semi-finals with a time of 11.3.
Former Southern Miss track and field standout Bowie will compete for Team USA in both the 100 and 200 meter races. Bowie became the first athlete from Southern Miss to clinch both the indoor and outdoor NCAA titles in a single season. The three time NCAA All-American graduated from Southern Miss in 2012 with a degree in interdisciplinary studies.
Bowie is excited to represent Mississippi in Rio.
“I’m completely thankful I’m on the Olympic team” said Bowie after the 100m qualifying race in July. “I’ve been waiting four years for this moment. Since 2012, I’ve been saying that whatever happened today, I’m going to be thankful. I have another race to attend to this week, running the 200, and I’m extremely excited about it.”