Tori Bowie’s star is shining brighter and brighter. Last week, Bowie beat two Olympic champions at the Prefontaine Classic in the 200-meter. On Sunday, at the Adidas Boost Boston Games she set a new world best in the women’s 150-meter race, which is not competed regularly in the sport’s major competitions.
Bowie registered a time of 16.30 seconds, followed by fellow U.S. runners Shalonda Solomon in second place (16.81) and Tiffany Townsend (16.84). The previous world best for 150 meters straight was 16.50, also set by a three-time Olympic medalist, Carmelita Jeter in 2011.
Bowie wasn’t the only athlete to set a new world best on the second and final day of the meet, which started Friday at Dilboy Memorial Stadium in Somerville, Massachusetts. Sunday’s events were held on Charles Street in Boston on an elevated 200-meter straight track that was built between Boston Common and Public Garden specifically for the event.
Shaunae Miller-Uibo of the Bahamas broke Allyson Felix’s world best in the women’s 200-meter straight event with a blistering time of 21.76. Felix set the previous fastest time of 22.55 in 2010. The 2016 Olympic gold medalist in the 400-meter race, Miller-Uibo jetted past two-time Olympian and Olympic relay medalist Natasha Hastings, of the United States, who finished second with a time of 22.50 and fellow American Kimberlyn Duncan, who was third with a time of 22.81.
U.S. long jumper Jarrion Lawson, who lost out not just on the gold medal but on a medal in general in the Rio Games to teammate Jeff Henderson when it was ruled that his finger touched the sand, won with a jump of 8.06. Australia’s Fabrice Lapierre was second (8.03) and Henderson, the defending Olympic champion, was third (8.02) in the event.
Shamier Little, the 2015 NCAA champion in the women’s 400-meter hurdles with Texas A&M and 2015 world championships silver medalist, won the 200-meter hurdles on Sunday with a time of 26.00. American Cassandra Tate, who was third in the 400-meter hurdles at the 2015 world championships, finished in the same position on Sunday (26.43).
U.S. athletes swept the podium in the women’s 100-meter hurdles. Jasmin Stowers led the way with a winning time of 12.61, followed by Christina Manning with a 12.69 and Sharika Nelvis with a time of 12.71.
A pair of Americans also landed on the podium in the women’s pole vault. Jenn Suhr, a three-time Olympian and two-time medalist in pole vault, took second place (4.50) in the event and Katie Nageotte was third (4.45).
Two-time Olympian Jeff Porter was third in the men’s 110-meter hurdles with a time of 13.67. American Aleec Harris was second in 13.46.
And in the final event of the meet, the men’s 200-meter race, South African Wayde van Niekerk topped Americans BeeJay Lee and Wallace Spearmon for the win. Van Niekerk turned in one of the more impressive performances in Rio when he ran the 400-meter in 43.03 to break Michael Johnson’s 17-year-old world record. Van Niekerk won Sunday’s race in 19.84. Lee finished in 20.17 and Spearmon’s time was 20.59.