Allyson Felix's bid to become only the third woman to sweep the Olympic Games 400- and 200-meter titles came up a hundredth of a second short at the Olympic Trials on Sunday.
When the two crossed the finish line behind victor Tori Bowie and second-place Deajah Stevens, it was so close it wasn't immediately clear who had finished third to secure the final qualifying spot.
"The first day, I got here and I had a nervous breakdown and I wasn't going to run because I was just so nervous", she said.
"I'm so proud of you", Simpson said.
Between the New Balance Nationals in N.C., the U.S. Junior Championships in Clovis, Calif., where she won to qualify for World Juniors, and the Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore., McLaughlin has been away from her Dunellen home since June 21, and has spent just one day at home since June 16.
Felix has run very little this season as she has been recovering from an ankle injury sustained in landing awkwardly on an exercise ball while doing core work.
"I don't know what happened", Prandini said. "But it got the job done". I think the slow start to the race put a damper on my racing style, where I like more of a steady pace, and the constant pickup throughout the race was really hard for me to keep up with. "It wasn't just my family, teammates, coaches and friends, it was also people around town, people sending me Twitter and Facebook messages and people yelling encouraging words as I ran by".
Ostrander spent most of her time in the middle of pack before moving herself into fourth place with only a mile to go.
Olympic silver medallist Erik Kynard won the high jump at 2.29 metres, Molly Huddle was first in the women's 5,000 metres (15:05.01) and Barbara Nwaba topped the heptathlon with 6,494 points.
The 16-year-old finished third in the 400m hurdles to earn her spot in Rio.
On Sunday night, Bowie won the women's 200 meters final at the Olympic Trials in Oregon.
Now that she's in the Olympics, the defending champion says that, sure, she'd like to see her biggest rival there, too. The 2012 Olympic silver medalist finished with a time of 48.82 seconds.
Granted, Felix is the favorite - always is in her signature event, the one she captured gold at the 2012 London Games. He was disqualified, however, in his first race in Beijing, which has served as added motivation to make it back to the world stage in this Olympic year with a winning performance in the U.S. Trials.
"Sometimes, I get so caught up in the fact that I hadn't lost a hurdles race, and I come here, and these girls are faster than me", said McLaughlin, who admitted to being so nervous earlier in the week she considered pulling out of the meet.
The Dorado grad's time matched the fastest for the event in Trojan history.