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Southern Miss product Tori Bowie cruises to spot in 200 meter final

Ivory Coast's Murielle Ahoure, left, United States' Tori Bowie, center, and Bahrain's Edidiong Odiong compete in a women's 200-meter semifinal during the athletics competitions of the 2016 Summer Olympics at the Olympic stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016.
Ivory Coast's Murielle Ahoure, left, United States' Tori Bowie, center, and Bahrain's Edidiong Odiong compete in a women's 200-meter semifinal during the athletics competitions of the 2016 Summer Olympics at the Olympic stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016. Associated Press

Former Southern Miss track standout Tori Bowie cruised to a win in the women's 200-meter semifinals Tuesday night in Rio.

Bowie, who won silver in the 100 meters, will have a shot at her first gold medal at 8:16 p.m. on Wednesday when she runs in the 200-meter finals in the 2016 Olympics.

Bowie put in an impressive time of 22.13 seconds on Tuesday, easily claiming first place in her semifinal race.

Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands had the best time in the semifinals at 21.96 seconds. Bowie tied with Elaine Thompson of Jamaica for the second best time at 22.13. Michelle-Lee Ahye of Trinidad & Tobago had the fourth best time of 22.25.

The Associated Press projected Bowie as the favorite to win the gold medal in the 200 meters. The AP's projection of silver for Bowie in the 100 meters proved true.

Bowie is a native of the small community of Sand Hill in rural Rankin County.

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