It was to be a photo-finish as Ivorian Marie-Josee Ta Lou, who won Silver, initially appeared to have won the race.
But much to her surprise, Bowie’s season’s best run of 10.85 delivered a much-coveted Gold at the world championships in London.
“I had no idea [I had won],” Bowie said after the race. “All I knew is I left everything on the line.”
She seemed to have picked up an injury, having thrown her body across the finishing line.
Olympic champion Elaine Thompson, strangely the only Jamaican in Sunday’s final, managed a disappointing 5th with 10.98s.
Former heptathlete Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands clinched the Bronze medal after clocking 10.96s.
It was a highly competitive final for all the eight athletes with attention on Thompson, who had won last year’s Olympic Games in Rio.
But with the year’s world-leading time holder Ta Lou in the final, Thompson was expected to have a good run for her money.
But it was more disappointing than the Jamaican had imagined, probably more disappointing than her compatriot Usain Bolt’s loss to Justin Gatlin the previous night.
“It didn’t go as I planned [it] to but I am feeling fantastic,” the Jamaican told journalists immediately after the race, adding that: “I didn’t know what happened”.
Some of the finalists would have to turn attention to the 4 X 100m final on Saturday.