Gold medal-winning sprinter dies aged 32

Tori Bowie, a former world champion sprinter, has died at the age of 32.

Bowie, from the US, won gold in the 100 metres during the World Championships in 2017, after claiming podium finishes at the Rio Olympics in 2016 – including as part of the winning 4x100m relay team.

In a statement, her management said: “We’re devastated to share the very sad news that Tori Bowie has passed away.

“We’ve lost a client, dear friend, daughter and sister. Tori was a champion…a beacon of light that shined so bright!

“We’re truly heartbroken and our prayers are with the family and friends.”

World Athletics said: “World Athletics is deeply saddened by the passing of Tori Bowie, the 2017 world 100m champion and multiple Olympic medallist.

“Condolences go out to her family and friends.”

In 2015, she won bronze in the World Championships, and at Rio that following year, she was second place in the women’s 100m and third in the 200m.

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Three years later she ran in the 2019 World Championships, but did not make the US squad for the Tokyo Olympics in 2021.

Responding to the news, two-time world 200m champion and US record holder Noah Lyles wrote on Twitter: “This breaks my heart to hear, and I will keep the family in my prayers.”

Jamaica’s three-time Olympic champion Shelly Ann Fraser-Pyrce wrote: “My heart breaks for the family of Tori Bowie. A great competitor and source of light. Your energy and smile will always be with me. Rest in peace.”

A cause of death has not been revealed.