At the Pre Classic, Tori Bowie ran the 200 meters in a world leading time of 22.18 seconds. Below are her comments following the race.
“To start off with the sprints, I was the girl who was supposed to be the alternate. If something happens then I take their spot. Someone pulled out of the race and I found out two days ago that I’d be running, that I had to fill lane 1. It was an awful feeling knowing that; lane one! I’m in the heat with an amazing field. It’s kind of a scary feeling to be in lane one. So I went out there and my main goal was to be the first person to come off the curve. I knew if I was the first person off the curve, I knew I’d have a great race. I tried to beat everyone off the curve today.
I wasn’t even thinking about time. I was just scared. It was just my second 200 my entire life. I didn’t want anyone to pass me. I just kept running and kept running. It paid off."
--excerpted from USATF