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Allyson Felix & men’s long jumpers highlight third day of U.S. Olympic Trials


EUGENE, OREGON -- Her status a question mark heading into the U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Track & Field, Allyson Felix (Los Angeles) erased any doubt of her fitness and form with a phenomenal comeback in the last 150 meters to win the women’s 400m title Sunday. The Hayward faithful witnessed one of the greatest long jump shows in track & field history as well, with seven men jumping 27-feet in a windy men’s long jump final.

Felix dashes doubts as she takes first 400m Olympic Trials title

Natasha Hastings (Brooklyn, New York) was out very quickly over the first 100 meters, making up the stagger on Ashley Spencer (Indianapolis, Indiana) and leading Felix and Francena McCorory (Hampton, Virginia) in the middle of the track and Phyllis Francis (Queens, New York) on the inside. Coming into the final 150 Hastings continued to lead, but Felix made a very strong move down the home stretch to take the lead and run on to her third U.S. one-lap title convincingly in 49.68, the fastest time in the world this year.

Francis powered over the final 50 meters to take the runner-up spot with a lifetime-best 49.94, and Hastings crossed in third at 50.17 to earn her first individual Olympic berth. Arkansas’ Taylor Ellis-Watson (Philadelphia) was a surprise fourth, also with a PR in 50.25, with McCorory fifth.

Men’s long jump one of the greatest in track & field history

Drama materialized in a competition that produced seven 27-foot efforts, five assisted with an illegal wind. The title was decided by half an inch as Jeffery Henderson (North Little Rock, Arkansas) claimed the victory with a windy 8.59m/28-2.25 and Jarrion Lawson (Texarkana, Texas) produced a career best 8.58m/28-1.75 as runner-up. Lawson’s effort makes him the fourth best performer with the fifth best performance in Trials history.

Determining the third member of the U.S. team came down to who had the Olympic qualifying standard. Will Claye (Phoenix, Arizona) and Marquis Dendy (Middletown, Delaware) each had marks of 8.42m/27-7.5 with Claye holding the better secondary mark to secure third place. However, Claye’s effort was wind-aided and his best legal mark since May 1 of last year was an 8.14m/26-8.5 from the Trials qualifying round on Saturday, just one centimeter away from the Olympic standard.

Defending Olympic Trials champion Marquise Goodwin placed seventh with a 8.25m/27-0.75 after finishing 12th in qualifying the day before.

Women’s 100m top three ran a race of their own

It was a tale of two races for the title of the fastest woman in the USA. English Gardner (Voorhees, New Jersey), Tianna Bartoletta (Toledo, Ohio) and Tori Bowie (Sandhill, Mississippi) all blasted out of the blocks and battled for the win, with Gardner edging away over the last 10 meters to take the title in 10.74 and become the fourth-fastest woman in American history. Bartoletta, who qualified for Rio in the long jump yesterday, took second by the thickness of her uniform top, clocking 10.776 to Bowie’s 10.779. Bowie’s official 10.78 was the fastest ever third-place time, and she and Bartoletta are now the equal sixth-fastest U.S. women ever.

Morolake Akinosun (Aurora, Illinois) of Texas was the best of the rest in fourth in 10.95, just ahead of Jenna Prandini’s (Clovis, California) 10.96.

Breezy conditions resulted in five sub 11 second clockings from the three semifinal heats. Leading the charge with 10.74 clockings each were Bowie (3.1 wind) and Gardner (2.5 wind) as separate heat winners. Prandini won the other heat in 10.86 (4.5 wind) over Ariana Washington’s (Long Beach, California) 10.97w. Bartoletta ran 10.79w behind Gardner while Akinosun posted a 10.97 behind Bowie. The two time qualifiers were Barbara Pierre (Port-au-Prince, Haiti) in 11.01 and Tiffany Townsend (Killeen, Texas) with an 11.03.

Gatlin gets gold in world-leading 9.80

Pre-meet favorites Justin Gatlin (Pensacola, Florida) and Trayvon Bromell (St. Petersburg, Florida) went to the front in the first 20 meters of the men’s 100 final and pulled away from the field to finish 1-2, Gatlin’s 9.80 the fastest time in the world this year and Bromell’s 9.84 matching the PR he set last year in the heats of the USATF Championships. Marvin Bracy (Orlando, Florida), a two-time World Indoor 60 finalist and the silver medalist at Portland in March, claimed his first Olympic team spot with a 9.98 in third. Veteran Mike Rodgers (St. Louis, Missouri) was fourth in 10.00.

In the semifinal, Gatlin established a then-world-leading time of 9.83 (1.7 wind) in the opening heat to finish ahead of the 9.95 collegiate leader produced by Christian Coleman (Atlanta). Bromell followed with a 9.86 (2.0) in the second semi ahead of Tyson Gay’s (Lexington, Kentucky) 10.01. A windy third heat (2.7 wind) was led by Rodgers in 9.98w followed by Bracy’s 9.99w. The pair of time qualifiers advanced from the final heat with Jarrion Lawson (10.01w) and Dentarius Locke (Tampa, Florida) (10.01w).

Men’s 400m makes way for Merritt

A world-leading 43.97 from LaShawn Merritt (Portsmouth, Virginia), who won his third consecutive Olympic Trials 400m title, equaled the fourth-best performer and sixth best performance ever at the Olympic Trials. Merritt won Olympic gold in 2008 and did not finish his opening heat in 2012.

Gil Roberts (Lubbock, Texas) charged hard through the first half of the race and managed to hold onto second place with a 44.73 clocking over the 44.82 from David Verburg (Lynchburg, Virginia) in third place. Roberts and Verburg advance to their first Olympics. In fourth place with a time of 45.09 was Arman Hall (Pembroke Pines, Florida), who is the reigning NCAA champion from 2016.

Eaton joined by two first-time Olympians for Rio

Scoring a world-leading 8,750 points earned Ashton Eaton (Bend, Oregon) a second Olympic Trials title as he produced the fourth best performance in Trials history. Jeremy Taiwo (Seattle, Washington) secured second place with a career best of 8,425 points with Wisconsin’s Zach Ziemek (Itasca, Illinois) third with a career best 8,413. It’s the smallest margin between second and third place in the history of the Olympic Trials. A fourth score over 8,000 points went to Georgia’s Garrett Scantling (Jacksonville, Florida) with a 8,228 tally.

The second day of the multi opened with Eaton clocking a 13.60w (2.1 wind) in the 110m hurdles (1027 points), which is the fastest time in an Olympic Trials decathlon under all conditions. Eaton holds the OT record with a 13.70 set in 2012.

Top 3 after each event:

110H: Ashton Eaton, 5587; Jeremy Taiwo, 5424; Zach Ziemek, 5268

Discus: Ashton Eaton, 6280; Jeremy Taiwo, 6131; Zach Ziemek, 6100

Pole Vault: Ashton Eaton, 7268; Zach Ziemek, 7088; Jeremy Taiwo, 6965

Javelin: Ashton Eaton, 7973; Zach Ziemek, 7784; Garrett Scantling, 7682

1,500m: Ashton Eaton, 8750; Jeremy Taiwo, 8425; Zach Ziemek, 8413

Lowe takes tenth USATF title

Chaunte Lowe (Atlanta) won her eighth outdoor championship and 10th overall title, clearing 2.01m/6-7 to hold off teenage sensation Vashti Cunningham (Las Vegas), who made it over 1.97m/6-5.5 to make her first Olympic team at the age of 18 to become the youngest track & field Olympian in 36 years (Carol Lewis, 16 years old, 1980).

At the Olympic Games standard height of 1.93m/6-4 there were four athletes remaining, two with clean sheets -- Cunningham and Lowe -- as well as a pair tied for third -- Amina Smith (Lusby, Maryland) and Inika McPherson (Port Arthur, Texas). Smith, who came in with a PR of 1.87m/6-1.5, didn’t clear the height while the other three made it over on first attempt. McPherson secured third place and left the competition with three misses at 1.95m/6-4.75.

Track & field events continue July 4 and run through July 10 at Hayward Field in Eugene. The NBC family of networks will be broadcasting action from the Olympic Trials live on NBC, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra. USATF.TV will then air The Cool Down live from Hayward Field each day after the end of the NBC broadcasts. Fans can follow along with the U.S Olympic Trials - Track & Field on social media by using #TrackTown16 on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

#TrackTown16 TV/Webcast Schedule


Time (ET)


Key Events

Mon, July 4

6:30-7 p.m.

Live Extra

Men’s pole vault | STREAM


7-9 p.m.


Men’s, women’s 800m | STREAM

Thurs, July 7

6:30-8 p.m.

Live Extra

Women’s 5000m | STREAM


8-11 p.m.


Women’s steeplechase, shot put | STREAM

Fri, July 8

6-8 p.m.


Men’s discus | STREAM


8-9 p.m.


100m hurdles, Men’s steeple | STREAM

Sat, July 9

6:30-8 p.m.

Live Extra

Men’s triple jump | STREAM


8-9 p.m.


110m hurdles, Men’s 200m, 5000m | STREAM

Sun, July 10

4:45-6 p.m.

Live Extra

Women’s pole vault | STREAM


7-8:30 p.m.


1500m, Women’s 200m | STREAM

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