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Team USA cruises through Olympic qualifying Saturday morning in Rio


Athlete Quotes - Olympics, Day 2

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL -- Day two of track and field events began at Olympic Stadium with near-perfection Saturday, as Team USA went 9-for-9 in track qualifying led by Olympic veterans Allyson Felix and Justin Gatlin and newcomers Trayvon Bromell and Colleen Quigley.

U.S. trio makes easy work of 400m qualifying

Team USA went 3-for-3 in 400m qualifying, led by Allyson Felix (Los Angeles), who made short work of the second heat, sprinting to the lead immediately and making it look like a gentle stride through the park on the way to winning in 51.24. Chasing Kemi Adekoya on her outside, Phyllis Francis (Queens, New York) had the lead coming off the final bend and held of the Bahraini to win heat three in 50.58, the fastest time overall. In the fourth heat, Natasha Hastings (Brooklyn, New York) blazed out of the blocks and made up the stagger on the field by the 200m mark. Running a controlled final half of the race, Hastings loped to the line to win in 51.31.

All 3 Americans make steeple final for first time in history

American record holder Emma Coburn (Crested Butte, Colorado) settled in behind the leader for the first half of the race in heat two, always in second or third. At the halfway point Coburn moved to the lead and took the field through 2K in 6:14.98. She continued to lead until there was 200m left, where Kenya’s Beatrice Chepkoech sprinted past her and went on to win in 9:17.55, just ahead of Coburn’s 9:18.12 in second. Coburn automatically advanced to the final.

NCAA champion Courtney Frerichs (Nixa, Missouri) started out at the back of the field in the final heat and steadily moved up through the first four laps. With just over two-and-a-half laps to go and the pace slower than the first two sections, Frerichs edged into the lead and was at the front at 2K in 6:20.79. She held the lead until the final 300m, settling into third and cruising to an automatic qualifying spot in 9:27.02.

Colleen Quigley (St. Louis, Missouri) was in the second group of runners behind Ruth Jebet of Bahrain, who led through 1K in 3:06.84 and 2K in 6:08.30. As Jebet pulled away from the rest, Quigley maintained her position in the top four and ended up fourth in 9:21.82, nabbing one of the time qualifier positions in the final.

Sunshine State trio advance out of men’s 100m heats

A very quick start put Justin Gatlin (Pensacola, Florida) at the front of heat two almost immediately, and he kept pulling away for the rest of the race on the way to winning in 10.01. Marvin Bracy (Orlando, Florida) was very tentative out of the blocks and fought to finish third in the first heat in 10.16, qualifying as the fastest finisher on-time. World Indoor 60m champion Trayvon Bromell (St. Petersburg, Florida) blasted out at the start and then eased up with 20m to go to finish second in the fifth heat, clocking 10.13 and automatically advancing to the semifinals.

Finley finishes 11th in men’s discus final

The first U.S. man to make the discus final since 2004, Mason Finley (Chaffee County, Colorado) had his best throw of 62.05m/203-7 in round three to finish 11th. Finley opened with a safe 60.43m/198-3 before putting his second throw into the right side of the cage.

Orji survives scare to make first Olympic final

With her only legal jump of the day, Trials and NCAA champion Keturah Orji (Mount Olive, New Jersey) qualified for the final with a 14.08m/46-2.50 that put her in 12th overall, the final qualifying spot. Orji is the first U.S. woman to qualify for the triple jump final since Sheila Hudson in the inaugural competition at the ‘96 Games.

Christina Epps (Morristown, New Jersey) was 15th with a best of 14.01m/45-11.75, and Andrea Geubelle (University Place, Washington) had the 21st-best effort with a 13.93m/45-8.50.

Hept Day 2

Kendell Williams (Kennesaw, Georgia) had the top jump of the day for the U.S. squad with her best leap of 6.31m/20-8.50 for 946 points. Teammate Heather Miller-Koch (Columbus, Wisconsin) scored 899 points in the event with her 6.16m/20-2.50 effort. Barbara Nwaba (Los Angeles) turned in a top jump of 5.81m/19-0.75 for 792 points.


U.S. athletes after long jump: 13. Williams (4,661); 16. Nwaba (4,569); 19. Miller-Koch (4,529).

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 13 (all times ET)

8:00 p.m. – Midnight


12:30 a.m. – 1:30 a.m.




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