Felix blazes to 200 title, awaits decision on 100
- Article by: NEWS SERVICES
- June 30, 2012 - 9:56 PM
EUGENE, ORE. - There was no dead heat, this time.
Allyson Felix ran a lifetime-best 21.69 seconds in the 200-meter final on a rain-soaked track Saturday night in the U.S. Olympic trials. She easily pulled away, no signs of the stress from the last week weighing her down.
Still to be determined is whether she'll be competing in the 100 after finishing in a third-place tie with training partner Jeneba Tarmoh last Saturday. They might have a runoff -- a winner-take-all race -- or flip a coin to decide the final spot in the London Games.
Another option is Felix simply surrendering her spot to Tarmoh, because she's already going in the 200 and Tarmoh isn't after finishing fifth. A resolution is likely to come Sunday.
Felix will be joined in the 200 in London by runner-up Carmelita Jeter, who finished in 22.11, and Sanya Richards-Ross, third in 22.22.Merritt wins 110 hurdles
Aries Merritt posted the best time in the world this year in the 110-meter hurdles, winning in 12.93 seconds for a place on the Olympic team.
Jason Richardson, the reigning world champion, was second in 12.98 and Jeffrey Porter finished third in 13.08 to round out the team for the Games.Etc.
Heather Miller, a former St. Cloud State standout, placed ninth in the heptathlon with finishes of seventh (long jump), eighth (800 meters) and ninth (javelin) in Saturday's events. She had a total of 5,779 points.
Hyleas Fountain won her fifth heptathlon national title, finishing with 6,419 points. Sharon Day was second with 6,343 and Chante McMillan finished third with 6,188 for the other two Olympic spots.
Trevor Barron broke the American record in the men's 20,000-meter race walk, winning the trials in 1 hour, 23 minutes.
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