Tori Bowie of the US dips for gold ahead of Marie-Josée Ta Lou in 100m final

• American wins women’s 100m by the narrowest of margins
• Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson finishes fifth despite qualifying best

If Saturday night was hard enough for the Jamaicans, Sunday did not get any easier. Elaine Thompson, the Olympic champion, was beaten into fifth place in the final of the 100m. She lost to the USA’s Tori Bowie, who had finished second behind her in Rio. It was a startling upset. Marie-Josée Ta Lou, from the Ivory Coast, was second in 10.86sec, and Dafne Schippers, from the Netherlands, third in 10.96.

Thompson, who had started as such a heavy favourite, finished in 10.98. She had run 0.14 faster than that in the semi-final earlier in the evening and 0.27 faster in the Jamaican championships earlier in the year. But when it came to the final, she was outstripped by Bowie outside her, who overtook Ta Lou, the race’s early leader, on the dip. “I had no idea,” said Bowie afterwards, “all I knew was I wanted to give it everything I’ve got.”

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