Olympic gold medallist sprinter Tori Bowie dies aged 32

Tori Bowie has died at the age of 32  (Getty Images)
Tori Bowie has died at the age of 32 (Getty Images)

Olympic gold medallist Tori Bowie, who sprinted her way to gold at Rio 2016, has died at the age of 32.

Bowie was part of the USA’s 4x100m relay squad that claimed glory in Brazil, while she also secured individual silver and bronze in the 100m and 200m respectively at the Games.

The following year in London she became a double world champion by winning the 100m and again being part of the victorious American 4x100m relay quartet.

Her management agency confirmed her passing on Wednesday, although didn’t reveal a cause of death.

“We’re devastated to share the very sad news that Tori Bowie has passed away,” Icon Management Inc. said in a statement.

“We’ve lost a client, dear friend, daughter and sister. Tori was a champion…a beacon of light that shined so bright! We’re truly heartbroken and our prayers are with the family and friends.”

Three-time world champion Noah Lyles was one of the first names from the world of sprinting to pay tribute to his Team USA compatriot Bowie.

“I can’t believe this,” wrote Lyles on Twitter. “I had just heard word of her going to be with her sister back home and now this. This breaks my heart to hear and I will keep the family in my prayers.”

World Athletics posted their condolences on Instagram, saying: “World Athletics is deeply saddened by the passing of Tori Bowie, the 2017 world 100m champion and multiple Olympic medallist. Condolences go out to her family and friends.”

At Rio 2016, Bowie’s silver in the 100m came in a time of 10.83s as she finished behind only Elaine Thompson of Jamaica. Meanwhile, in the 200m Thompson won gold again and Holland’s Dafne Schippers took silver as Bowie rounded out the podium.

Yet she would earn her Olympic gold medal in style in the 4x100m relay alongside fellow English Gardner, Allyson Felix and Tianna Bartoletta. Bowie was on the anchor leg and managed to hold off Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce as the US retained their title.

According to Runners World, Bowie hadn’t run in a competitive sprint race since June 4, 2022 when she finished 5th in a 200m contest in Florida.