By Max Meyer
American sprinters Tori Bowie and Justin Gatlin each had incredible performances in their respective competitions on Friday at the Monaco Diamond League meet.
In a stacked women’s 100m field that included Allyson Felix and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Bowie ran her fastest time ever of 10.80 seconds. Bowie started her career as a long jumper, but made the switch to a sprinter in March. Her time was the 17th-fastest ever for a woman in the 100m, including the best for this year. Felix finished in fifth, with Fraser-Pryce following in sixth.
Gatlin, who is undefeated in the 100m this year, ran in the 200m in Monaco. His 19.68 second time was a personal best, besting his 19.86 finish in 2002. Gatlin now has the fastest times in the world this year in the 100m and 200m. Tyson Gay was also in the field, finishing in fourth with 20.22.
Ajee Wilson won the women’s 800m by posting a time of 1:57.67, which is the fastest time in the world this year. The American ended Kenya’s Eunice Sum undefeated season, though Sum still leads in the Diamond League standings.
Ethiopian Genzebe Dibaba set a world-leading time of 14:28.88 in the women’s 5000m. Molly Huddle set the U.S. record in the event by finishing in 14:42.64.