USM’s Tori Bowie captures Olympic silver medal

Tori Bowie captured a silver medal in the women’s 100-meter run at the Olympics on Saturday night in Rio, Brazil.

The former Southern Miss track star finished second with a time of 10.83 in the finals.

Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson won the Gold medal with a winning time of 10.71.

Friday night during round one of qualifying, Bowie finished first in her heat with a time of 11.13.

Bowie was even better in the semifinals, posting a first-place time of 10.90.

The Sand Hill native is also competing in the women’s 200-meter race and the 4 x 100 meter relays next week.

Heats for the 200-meter finals start at 7:35 a.m. Monday. The 200 meter semifinals will be held at 8 p.m. Tuesday. The finals will be held at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The Women’s 4x100m relay will begin heats at 9:20 a.m. Aug. 18, with the finals at 8:15 p.m. on Aug. 19.

Bowie turns 26 on Aug. 27.

The other South Mississippi athlete, Gulfport’s Brittney Reese, begins her gold medal run on Tuesday. Reese will compete in the women’s long jump at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday. If Reese advances, she will compete for a gold medal at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday.

James Jones: 228-896-2320, @_jkjones