Former world and Olympic dash champion Tori Bowie dies at 32 | Sport

The previous Olympic and world champion sprinter Tori Bowie has died on the age of 32, her administration firm confirmed on Wednesday.

“My coronary heart breaks for the household of Tori Bowie,” wrote the three-time Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce on Twitter. “An ideal competitor and supply of sunshine. Your vitality and smile will all the time be with me. Relaxation in peace.”

Bowie was discovered lifeless at her house in Orlando, Florida after the native sheriff’s division stated they went “for a well-being test of a girl in her 30s who had not been seen or heard from in a number of days.” The division stated they weren’t treating the loss of life as suspicious.

“USATF is deeply saddened by the passing of Tori Bowie, a three-time Olympic medalist and two-time world champion,” Max Siegel, the CEO of USA Monitor and Area, stated in a press release. “A proficient athlete, her impression on the game is immeasurable, and she or he can be tremendously missed.”

The American received three gold medals on the worldwide stage. Her first got here as a part of the USA 4x100m relay crew on the 2016 Olympics. 2017 was much more profitable: she added one other relay gold on the World Athletics Championships in London and received particular person gold within the 100m, beating Ivory Coast’s Marie-Josée Ta Lou in a photograph end.

“I had no thought. All I knew was I wished to provide it every thing I’ve bought,” Bowie stated after her victory. “Am I actually world champion?”

She received two different Olympics medals: a silver and bronze within the 100m and 200m respectively in Rio in 2016.

Bowie was born and raised in Mississippi. She performed basketball as a lady earlier than her expertise on the observe grew to become obvious: she received state titles within the 100m, 200m and lengthy leap.

“I bear in mind simply racing in all places as a baby, like within the bushes, wherever … I raced on a regular basis,” she instructed the Guardian in 2017.

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She loved extra success in school after securing an athletic scholarship to the College of Southern Mississippi, the place she received nationwide titles in 2011 in indoor and outside lengthy leap. She focused on that self-discipline after commencement earlier than her explosive pace persuaded her to deal with sprinting in 2014. Bowie returned to the lengthy leap in 2019, ending fourth on the world championships. She didn’t try to qualify for the US crew on the Tokyo Olympics in 2021.

“She was a really enthusiastic, glowing character,” Craig Poole, who coached Bowie at a number of factors in her profession, instructed the Related Press. “She was actually enjoyable to work with.”

Bowie was raised by her grandmother within the city of Sand Hill, which had fewer than 100 individuals, however her expertise propelled her to the worldwide stage.

“At some point I hope that I can come to Sand Hill and there’s this enormous signal that claims, ‘Welcome to Sand Hill, house of Tori Bowie,’” she stated in 2016.