Former women’s world sprint champion Tori Bowie dead at 32
Former American track star Tori Bowie was found dead Tuesday at her home near Orlando, Fla.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office confirmed a TMZ report that her lifeless body was found inside her home in suburban Horizon West, after loved ones asked cops to check on her.
Bowie, 32, hadn’t been heard from in several days.
Police said there were no signs of foul play. The county’s medical examiner’s office did not immediately announce a cause of death.
Bowie ranked among the top female sprinters in the world from 2015-17.
“Tori was a champion,” her management agency said in a statement, per TMZ. “(She was) a beacon of light that shined so bright! We’re truly heartbroken and our prayers are with the family and friends.”
At the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Bowie won three medals — gold in the 4×100 relay, silver in the 100-metre dash and bronze in the 200-metre dash. That year she ran what would stand as her personal best time in the 100 metres in competition, 10.78 seconds.
A year later at the world championships in London Bowie won gold in the 100 metres, as well as in the 4×100.
At the 2015 world championships in Beijing, she won bronze in the 100 metres.
Bowie was also a champion long jumper. She was a two-time NCAA gold medallist, and at the 2019 world championships in Qatar, she placed fourth with a leap of 6.81 metres.