Bowie adds 100m title to Olympic silver, China's Lyu sets javelin throw Asian record

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Geoffrey Kipkorir Kirui of Kenya celebrates after winning the men's marathon at the IAAF World Championships 2017 in London, Britain on Aug. 6, 2017. (Xinhua/Luo Huanhuan) 

Rio Olympic silver medalist Tori Bowie seized the women's 100m title at London athletics world championships on Sunday when China's Lyu Huihui recaptured the Asian record in the women's javelin throw qualificaiton.

American Bowie took the gold in 10.85 seconds ahead of Marie-Josee Ta Lou from Cote d'Iviore in 10.86. Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands was third in 10.96. Jamaica's reigning Olympic champion Elaine Thompson finished fifth.

In the women's javelin qualification, Lyu, winning a sliver and setting an Asian record of 66.13 meters in the 2015 worlds two years ago in Beijing, wrote the Asian record under her name again with a first throw of 67.59m, which bettered the pervious mark of 66.47m set by her compatriot Liu Shiying less than three months ago.

Another highlight of the third competition day was outside the stadium as the organizers took the men's and women's marathon course to run through the city's historic scenic sites.

Kenya's Boston marathon winner Geoffrey Kipkorir Kirui claimed the men's title with two hours 8 minutes and 27 seconds to first race past the finish line on London's historic site Tower Bridge while women's gold medal went to Rose Chelimo of Bahrain in 2:27:11.

"This is the best moment of my career, easily. I am so happy to win the world title because it is my first time at these championships," said Kirui.

"I was not expecting to be world champion. I feared the Ethiopian because he had such a fast time, so I just followed my plan to 35km and then felt my body to see how I was doing. Good for me it responded well," he said. "Winning this title has been my goal for so long. Now my goal will be to repeat it."

Ethiopia's Tamirat Tola took silver in 2:09:49 and Alphonce Simbu of Tanzania bagged a bronze in 2:09:51.

Women's two-time world champion Edna Ngeringwony Kiplagat of Kenya settled for silver in 2:27:18 and Amy Cragg of the United States took away the bronze medal with the same time as Kiplagat.

Women's heptathlon saw Olympic champion Nafissatou Thiam of Belgium snatch the title with a total of 6,784 points.

Carolin Schafer of Germany got a sliver medal with 6,696 points. The bronze went to Anouk Vetter of the Netherlands, who finished with 6,636 points.

In other events, New Zealand's shot putter Tomas Walsh secured the men's title at 22.03 meters and Joe Kovacs of the United States settled for the silver at 21.66. Stipe Zunic of Croatia bagged a bronze medal with 21.46.

Ekaterini Stefanidi added a pole vault world title to her Rio Olympic glory by clearing a world-leading 4.91m.

American Sandi Morris won silver in 4.75 and Venezuela's Robeilys Peinado took bronze in 4.65.

Before the night session started, several medal ceremonies were held.

While American Justin Gatlin attended the medal ceremony at the London Stadium, he was booed again quite like Saturday when he grabbed the 100m title from 11-time world champion Usain Bolt.

Gatlin who last won the title at 2005 world championships was overlooked for his surprise win and his celebration was ruined by loud booing from a sell-out 60,000 spectators Saturday while bronze medalist Bolt, in his farewell world championships, received a hero's treatment.

The scene repeated on Sunday when they were called to step on the podium to receive medals from IAAF President Sebastian Coe. With his two-spell doping ban that ended in 2010, the 35-year-old Gatlin has never stopped fighting controversies and it looks that the stunning comeback win is not able to change the situation.

In an earlier medal ceremony, British heptathlon athlete Jessica Ennis-Hill was given the gold medal from the 2011 Daegu world championships after Russian rival Tatyana Chernova was stripped of the title for doping.

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