Tori Bowie provided the highlight of the second day of the Adidas Boost Boston Games when she flew down the temporary track on Charles Street to win the women’s 100m in 11.03 on Saturday (18).
Despite a sluggish start – her reaction time of 0.162 was the slowest in the field – the world bronze medallist was quickly into her stride and a convincing winner, with Trinidad and Tobago’s Kelly-Ann Baptiste a distant second in 11.30.
“The time doesn’t show what sort of shape I’m in right now, I feel like I’m in 10.7-shape,” quipped Bowie, who is the second-fastest woman in the world this year after she equalled her personal best of 10.80 when winning at the opening IAAF Diamond League meeting of the summer in Doha last month.
The men’s 100m was, relatively speaking, nothing like as fast although it did provide an entertaining race and an upset. USA’s Marvin Bracy beat Jamaica’s 2011 world champion Yohan Blake by just 0.002, with both men being given the same time of 10.23.
The rather bouncy temporary track led to comparatively slow times but there were still confidence-boosting wins over the barriers for Great Britain’s Tiffany Porter and USA’s Ronnie Ash, watched by crowds two and three deep at what was billed to be the USA's first 'street meet'.
Porter triumphed in 12.94 and defeated USA’s Sharika Nelvis, the fastest woman in the world last year, and Jamaica’s world champion Danielle Williams, the pair finishing second and third in 12.98 and 12.99 respectively.
Ash won in 13.39, a modest time on the clock for a man who can boast of a personal best under 13 seconds, but he beat Orlando Ortega, another sub-13 performer, into second place with the Spaniard 0.02 in arrears.
Katie Nageotte won the pole vault with 4.50m in the absence of Olympic champion Jenn Suhr, who warmed up but then withdrew as she did not want to aggravate the calf and achilles problems she has suffered from in the past six weeks.
Phil Minshull for the IAAF