Two World Bests Headline Fast Day on Charles Street
On a bright-blue track laid down in the heart of Boston, Tori Bowie of the USA (150 meters) and Olympic gold medalist Shaunae Miller-Uibo of the Bahamas (200 meters) on Sunday ran the fastest straightaway times ever recorded to highlight the second-annual adidas Boost Boston Games.
Closing out the action was South Africa’s Wayde van Niekerk, who won the 200 meters in 19.84 seconds, beating not only the rest of the field but the downpour that would begin just minutes after the last athlete left the track. Van Niekerk and Uibo-Miller, both 2016 Olympic gold medalists at 400 meters, were also both running their first 200-meter races on a straight track.
“It was a great atmosphere, a great environment, a great competition,” said van Niekerk of the street meet. “So I really enjoyed it.”
Bowie and Miller-Uibo broke world bests held by Allyson Felix. In the 150 meters, Bowie—the only USA track athlete to win three medals at the Rio Olympics, at 100, 200 and in the 4x100 meters—recorded a time of 16.30 to better Felix’s mark of 16.36 set in 2013, while in the 200 meters Miller-Uibo ran 21.76 to shatter Felix’s 2010 record of 22.55. In the 200 meters, the Natasha Hastings finished second in 22.50, also under the former mark, to become the second-fastest woman in history and set the American record.
This was Bowie’s second victory here, after winning last year at 100 meters.
“It was a great experience,” she said, of competing in the meet’s Boston debut. “I come back this year and it’s even better.”
Among the other stars also recording victories were Orlando Ortega of Spain (13.30) and Jasmin Stowers of the USA (12.61) in the 110-meter hurdles and 100-meter hurdles, respectively, while the USA’s Shamier Little took the 200-meter hurdles in 26.00.
In a pair of exciting long jump competitions cheered by an enthusiastic crowd lining the runway, Shara Proctor of Great Britain won with a jump of 22 feet, 1 inch; on the men’s side, the USA’s Jarrion Lawson, fourth in Rio, won a close competition with a jump of 26 feet, 5.5 inches.
Winning the Boys’ and Girls’ Dream 100s were Kalon Barnes (Silsbee, TX) in 10.34 and Symone Mason (Miami, FL) in 11.61. Runner-up in the Girls’ Dream 100 was Tamari Davis (Gainesville, FL), an eighth-grader.
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