INDIANAPOLIS -- Tori Bowie wins her first USA Track & Field Athlete of the Week after capturing her second straight Diamond League title in a stacked women’s 100 meter field at the Rome Golden Gala, Thursday, June 6.
Bowie (Clermont, Florida) began in lane 7 and lined up against a highly competitive field which included fellow Americans Tianna Bartoletta, Jeneba Tarmoh, Alexandria Anderson and Jamaican stars Kerron Stewart, Simone Facey and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce. She got out of the blocks slow and found herself trailing the pack after the first 40 meters before finding another gear to sprint ahead in the last 60 meters to pull off the upset. She set a new personal best with a wind-aided 11.05.
“I have been working so hard in practice, so I am not shocked at all about my result, but I’m very, very delighted,” she said to Phil Minshull of the IAAF. “It’s such an amazing result. I’ve come out and raced with the best women in the world today and I got the win.”
Her victory in Rome follows up her impressive first Diamond League victory on May 30 at the Nike Prefontaine Classic, where she shocked the women’s 200 meter field with a personal best and world-leading time of 22.18 (+1.5) out of lane 1. She also placed second at the US Indoor Championships in the long jump with a 6.66, qualifying for the IAAF World Indoor Championships.
Other top performers from this week include:
Sydney McLaughlin (Scotch Plains, New Jersey) ran a 56.91 in the 400 meter hurdles at the New Jersey Meet of Champions and is the best high school time in the nation this year. It's the sixth fastest high school female time ever and the third best junior time in the world this year. She also set a freshman national record and is nationally ranked in the 100m hurdles and 400m dash.
Tianna Bartoletta (Tampa, Florida) long jumped a lifetime-best and world-leading 6.93m/22-9 to win at the Marrakech IAAF World Challenge meet.
Will Claye (San Diego, California) won the Diamond League Rome triple jump title with a leap of 17.14m/56-2.75 (-0.5). It’s his second straight Diamond League triple jump win, as he won the Nike Prefontaine Classic and set a personal best with a mark of 17.66m/57-11.25 (+0.8).
Now in its 13th year, USATF’s Athlete of the Week program is designed to recognize outstanding performers at all levels of the sport. USATF names a new honoree each week and features the athlete on www.usatf.org. Selections are based on top performances and results from the previous week.
2014 Winners: January 15, Chris Derrick; January 22, Galen Rupp; January 29, Galen Rupp; February 5, Alexa Efraimson; February 12, Mike Rutt; Feb. 19, Bernard Lagat; Feb. 26,Sharon Day-Monroe; March 3, David Torrence; March 13, Francena McCorory; March 19, Irene Obera; March 26, Duane Solomon; April 2, Maria Michta; April 7, Noah Lyles; April 14, Kendell Williams; April 21, Meb Keflezighi; April 28, Kristi Castlin; May 7, Maria Michta; May 14, Erik Kynard; May 21, Emma Coburn; May 28, Brenda Martinez; June 2, Galen Rupp; June 9, Tori Bowie.
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