World record holder and Olympic champion Aries Merritt failed to make the US team for the Rio de Janeiro Games when he finished fourth in the 110 metres hurdles final at the United States trials on Saturday. Javelin sent the first, third and fourth-place finishers - Maggie Malone, Kara Winger and Brittany Borman - because second-place finisher Hannah Carson didn't have an Olympic qualifying mark.
Felix, not happy with her curve running, clocked the third best 200m semi-final time of 22.57 seconds to advance to Sunday's final. Allen plays football and runs track for the University of OR and finished in first place in the finals.
"At four laps, I picked it up a bit and then when I got to three laps to go, my thinking was to try and go pretty hard and break the guys behind me", Jager said.
"I'm still taking it one day at a time", a smiling Merritt said of his decision in a post-race interview.
"Tears are gonna come but right now I'm in shock".
The 19.74 was a personal best for Merritt, who remains undecided whether he'll run two races at the Rio Olympics.
Felix finished with just the sixth-best time in the qualifying round, trailing Jenna Prandini, Tori Bowie among others. It's unfortunate, because my season was going so well. "But that's just the way the cookie crumbles".
Felix, the 400m trial victor, ignored a sore right ankle to easily win her 200m preliminary, her first since September.
Meanwhile, three hurdlers did end Friday with bright smiles.
Stowers wasn't the only former Lady Tiger to line up in the women's 100-meter hurdles on Friday at the U.S. Olympic Trials as past All-SEC performer Tenaya Jones placed 17 with a time of 13.35 (-0.5) in the semifinal.
"Words can't explain this", he said.
Asked who the favorite in Rio is, Harper-Nelson immediately replied: "Dawn Harper!" before laughing and quickly adding. "Since I haven't run any 200s, I'll just have to use the rounds and I'll have to fight and just give it my all". "Someone else to represent us?"
"Got some high school kids out here who are setting fireworks early", Spearmon, a two-time Olympian in the 200, said before being eliminated in the semifinals. "I came up a little short". I jammed my hip on my trailing side, but I didn't think it would affect me like that in the race.
"I've never been in a position where someone's pulling away from me and I wasn't able to react". Thirteen seconds will go by super fast, so make sure you're paying attention.
"I've been blessed to have a very consistent career. I had a big one and I thought somebody would catch me, but the first throw held up and I am excited about it". Really? It's a dagger in the heart. But it comes with the territory. Please see our terms of service for more information. But ninth is like 'Dude! "But it didn't affect me because everyone else was in the same conditions". Of course he's going to be nice, 'Hey, I'm here for you.' He'll have to console me because I'll be crying.