Tori Bowie ‘going after medals’ after breakthrough season

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Tori Bowie, who converted from the long jump last spring and became the world’s fastest woman over 100m for the year, may try to make the 2015 World Championships team in the 100m, 200m and long jump.

Bowie, 24, hasn’t competed since pulling up with a torn right hamstring at a Diamond League 100m in Birmingham, Great Britain, on Aug. 24 (video here).

The soft-spoken Mississippi native is fully recovered from her “first real injury,” she said while launching adidas’ “Ultra Boost” shoes in New York on Thursday.

She might make her 2015 debut at the Florida Relays in April.

“I don’t feel any pressure,” Bowie said of the World Championships year. “I don’t feel like I have a point to prove. I’m coming in with no medals.”

She hopes to change that this summer. Bowie said she has not long jumped since May 30, when she finished fifth at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Ore.

The next day, she won the 200m out of lane one, beating Olympic champion Allyson Felix and World champion Shelly Ann-Fraser-Pryce and knocking nearly four tenths of a second off her personal best.

“I feel like long jump is what got me here,” said Bowie, who finished last in long jump qualifying at the World Indoor Championships in Sopot, Poland, on March 8 before focusing on sprints. “I don’t want to neglect it.”

Bowie’s breakthrough season peaked when she won a 100m in Monaco in 10.80 seconds on July 18, a .34 improvement over her personal best going into the year. That time would have won silver at the 2013 World Championships.

She also ranked second among Americans in the 200m last year (behind Felix) and third in the long jump.

“I’m going after medals,” Bowie said. “The goal is to be able to do six rounds at World Championships [three each in the 100m and 200m].”

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