'The speed just wasn't there' for Allyson Felix

Allyson Felix

Allyson Felix

Bowie began her track career as a long jumper-a two-time NCAA long jump champion, at that. But Sunday, she was the fastest woman in the 200 meters.

Beaten to the line by 0.01 seconds for third place by a diving Jenna Prandini, Felix finished fourth in the 200 meters at Olympic trials and will not be able to defend her title. Prandini edged Felix for third place. Or rather, the rain, since this is Oregon.

Eight more athletes were added to the roster of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Track and Field Team, bringing the total contingent to 126 bound for Brazil next month. And she will be in the relay pool for both the 4x100 and the 4x400.

That desire grew days after day to the point of looking up to Felix as her idol until she started to dream of becoming part of the US Olympic Team.

"When you really put everything, you put down what lineup you have for the team and what will be (in the finals) we still felt, all of us on the selection committee, that this is the best combination", Karolyi said. "It took a lot of patience, a lot of dedication, and a great support team. I'm saving it for Rio".

Bowie's original long jump career ended in tears and a phone call at the 2014 world indoor championships in Poland, where she finished dead last. Felix qualified last weekend for the 400, but had been dealing with a sore right ankle. "I feel like everything was against me".

Of the 126 athletes who will compete in Rio, 84 will appear in their first Olympic Games. Included are 46 athletes (23 men and 23 women) who already have won individual or relay medals from major global meets. He placed sixth in the 400-meter at Olympic Trials with a time of 45.39 seconds. She knew she could beat the field.

"I want be like her when I grow up", the 23-year-old Spencer said. "And that moment is here". Runner-up Byron Robinson and third-place finisher Michael Tinsley, the silver medalist at the London Olympics, also earned spots. But then she won gold in 2012.

"Honestly disappointed, you know?" she said.

►Matt Centrowitz claimed his fourth USA championship in the 1,500, finishing in a trials-record 3:34.09 to hold off Robby Andrews (3:34.88) and Ben Blankenship (3:36.18).

Webster city native and former world champion Jenny Simpson finished in first place in the women's 1,500 Sunday with a time of 4 minutes, 4.74 seconds.

For McLaughlin, of Dunellen, N.J., making the Rio squad was an afterthought. She was cautious in the final, too, winning with a height of 15 feet, 9 inches (4.80 meters).

After the race, McLaughlin told reporters she nearly pulled out of the meet on the first day because of a "nervous breakdown".

She made the 400-meter final, but in her signature event - the one where she was hoping to defend her Olympic title - she could not make it through.

"I was just going to fight until the end". "I can take some time, work on my throws, and get better".

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