Athletics: Bowie looking to go from absolute beginner to hero

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By Drazen Jorgic

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Two years after choosing to focus on professional sprinting, Tori Bowie's meteoric rise has left her eyeing the sport's biggest prize -- Olympic gold in the 100 meters.

Bowie, who won a 100m bronze at last year's Beijing world championships, only decided to turn her attention away from the long jump and onto sprinting in 2014.

In a short space of time, however, the 25-year-old American has carved a place among the sport's elite and is now seen as a threat to Jamaica's sprinting great Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and her bid for a record third 100m gold medal at the Rio Games.

With Jamaica's Elaine Thompson and Netherlands' Dafne Schippers among those also competing for medals in Rio, there is a rich vein of sprinting talent currently running through the sport.

And Bowie is among those predicting the women's final will be one of the greatest ever 100m races.

"I think this Olympics will be one of the greatest. We will make history," Bowie told Reuters on Wednesday.

At the U.S. trials last month, Bowie lowered her fastest 100m time to 10.78 seconds, edging closer to 10.70, the personal bests of both Fraser-Pryce and Thompson.

"I have way more left in the tank," said Bowie, who broke down in tears after the 100m U.S. trials as she felt disappointed with her run and third-place finish.   Continued...

Jul 10, 2016; Eugene, OR, USA; Gabrielle Thomas (left) and Tori Bowie (right) compete during the women’s 200m finals in the 2016 U.S. Olympic track and field team trials at Hayward Field. Mandatory Credit: Glenn Andrews-USA TODAY Sports