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LONDON – Ivorian Marie-Josée Ta Lou, the London 2017 World 100m silver medallist, was looking forward to face American Tori Bowie in the women’s 200m.

However, Bowie, winner of the women’s 100m, just beating Ta Lou on the line, withdrew at the last minute.

“Tori Bowie has withdrawn from the 200 meters as she continues to recover from her fall at the conclusion of the women’s 100-meter final Sunday evening. Her condition will continue to be evaluated to assess her readiness for the 4×100 relay,” said a statement from US Track and Field.

But according to Ta Lou, who wasn’t aware of the release at the time, said: “I am quite surprised. I just hope it isn’t a big problem.”

“I don’t know why she did not line up. Maybe it was because she fell the other night on the dip but I have not heard anything. It is sad that she isn’t in this event because I like to compete against the strongest field possible.”

The women’s 200m heats ran on Tuesday evening.

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Anthony Foster is a renowned Jamaican sports journalist, honored twice as the Jamaica sports journalist of the year (in 2004 and 2005). His journalistic achievements are globally recognized. Notably, he authored an award-winning article on Usain Bolt, the iconic 6-time Olympic champion, 11-time World champion, and record holder for the sprint double. This significant piece was published in the Jamaica Gleaner in 2004. Anthony's extensive coverage includes prestigious events such as the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, London 2012, and Rio 2016. He has also provided coverage for seven (7) World Athletics Championships held between 2007 and 2022, alongside various other international sporting events. Noteworthy mentions comprise his coverage of the 2007 World Cup of cricket and his cherished experience reporting on the 2004 clash between his favorite football team, Argentina, and the USA.


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