By Brian HomewoodLONDON (Reuters) – America’s Tori Bowie delivered a finish line masterclass when she timed her dip perfectly to win the women’s 100 metres world championship gold in spectacular style on Sunday, leaving Ivory Coast’s Marie-Josee Ta Lou with a consolation silver.The momentum of 26-year-old Bowie’ exemplary dip sent her sprawling onto the track but by the time she recovered enough to look at the big screen she saw that she had won by one-hundredth of a second and denied Ta Lou the chance to claim Ivory Coast’s first world title in any event.Olympic champion and race favourite, Elaine Thompson, never got going and finished fifth, as Dutchwoman Dafne Schippers took bronze.Ta Lou appeared to have the race sewn up but fatally failed to throw herself at the line and there were moments of suspense before the result appeared on the stadium scoreboard.The 26-year-old Bowie, who finished in 10.85 seconds, went one better than her silver medal at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro last year while Ta Lou was left to ponder another desperately unlucky finish.“I never give up until I’m over the line,” Bowie said. “Ta Lou went away fast but she always does. It didn’t bother me and I just kept pumping my legs and arms until the finish.“The dive doesn’t feel too good now. But that has saved me at championships in the past. I’ve got a couple of days to recover before the 200 heats so I’ll be okay.”Ta Lou was also unlucky not to walk away with a bronze medal in Rio after being denied a place on the podium by the rarely-resorted to thousandths measurement.“I am just happy to have this medal; it is a dream come true,” she said. “I didn’t expect to be in the top three because all the girls have the power and the talent to make the podium.”Tori Bowie of the U.S. in action.Thompson’s shock defeat came after Usain Bolt finished third in the men’s 100 metres on Saturday; making it the first time since the 2005 World Championships in Helsinki that Jamaica failed to win either 100 metres race.It was also the first sprint double for the U.S. since Helsinki when Gatlin and Lauryn Williams were the champions.Thompson, who had looked in fine form in the heats and won on the same track in trainers to protect an injury in a Diamond League meeting one month ago, was at a loss to explain her defeat.“I don’t know what happened. I just wanted to get a good start but they race well,” she said. “I’ll have to watch the video back because I don’t know what went wrong.“I have to give those three girls a lot of credit, so big congratulations to them. I didn’t execute my race which is a shame, but I’m healthy.”
Coleman, however, says his players, who had endured several failed qualification campaigns before reaching Euro 2016, will not be feeling the strain with a best-ever tournament finish and a place in Welsh soccer history books up for grabs.“We know what is at stake, it is a fantastic pressure to have, a positive pressure that we have earned,” he told reporters on Thursday.“We have experienced the other pressure (of being unsuccessful), which is tough, a lot tougher than this one we have got, I promise you that.“We have to say since that 1958 quarterfinal, you have to put this down as the biggest game our country’s been involved in, which is a great place to be and a great pressure to have.”After an opening 2-0 defeat by Italy, Belgium have got into their stride, scoring eight goals in their next three matches, culminating in the rout of Hungary.Their attacking players have found their feet, Eden Hazard in particular impressing with a stunning solo show against the Hungarians while Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku have started to show what they are capable of.“They will play with imagination,” said Coleman. “They have got pace and power.“But we will play how we play. When it is time to defend we will defend with our lives and when it is time to attack we will attack with our lives. If we do that Belgium will be in for a helluva game.”There had been fears that Wales captain Ashley Williams might miss the game after suffering a shoulder injury following a nasty collision with a teammate in their 1-0 last-16 win over Northern Ireland.Having returned to training this week, Williams confirmed he was fine to start against Belgium.“Obviously, it was hurting a lot at the end of the game and a lot of credit goes to the medical staff who have done a fantastic job. It will be fine for tomorrow (Friday),” he said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Wales Manager Chris Coleman has said his players are under “fantastic, positive pressure” as they prepare to play Belgium in the quarterfinals of Euro 2016 today in the country’s biggest soccer match in 58 years.Wales last reached this stage of a major tournament at the 1958 World Cup, where their hopes were shattered by Brazil and a 17-year-old Pele, who scored the game’s only goal in a 1-0 win.Coleman’s side will have the chance to go one better in Lille, where they will face a Belgium team among the favourites for the tournament after hitting top gear in a 4-0 win over Hungary in the last 16.