Athlete Quotes - Women's 200m Qualifying
Marshevet Hooker, Heat 1 (Winner)
"It went pretty well. I ran the turn and relaxed in the straight away. I got three more rounds so I just wanted to get through it."
"I think it was good, but it was only the beginning. There are three more rounds to go. Everybody is going to keep being ready to run."
"I came out and I executed the race. I ran the turn the way I was supposed to. I didn't feel anybody on the straight so I just brought it on in. I didn't even get the time. I just walked off."
"I had to push the 100 to the back of mind and focus today for the 200. I think today went really well and was pretty good considering I have more rounds to come."
Lauryn Williams, Heat 1 (Second Place)
"I'm glad to get this first round out of the way. Now I need to go home and get ready to run the best I can. With the caliber of athletes in this event I expect a very hot race with low 22's and maybe even some sub 22's."
Bianca Knight, Heat 2 (Winner)
"This race showed me I'm ready to run on this level. My goal was to get out and after I saw I would qualify I shut it down. The 200 is my most confident race. It's my money race. I know every time I step on the track I'm going to do well."
Allyson Felix, Heat 3 (Winner)
"It was about the same. I have always loved the 200. I was ready for it since the start."
"I just kind of executed 80 meters and controlled from there."
"I thought about [the 100 meters] and I just felt like I didn't really set myself up good in the semifinals. I put myself way out there in lane eight which was not smart. I just felt kind of out of touch with the race. I felt like I executed the best I could."
Carmelita Jeter, Heat 4 (Winner)
"I'm fine. I just had to finish the race because there were only four people in my race. I definitely have to run faster and make up for that terrible 100 I had."
Shalonda Solomon, Heat 5 (First Place)
"I'm very happy with the way I ran. It was a seasonal best for me, because I started off the year slow and building up at each race."
Torri Edwards, Heat 5 (Second Place)
"It felt okay. It felt pretty easy considering I had four days off. I was just trying to get back into it and knock the cobwebs off. I think I will be good for tomorrow."
"Get some rest tonight and figure out what my strategy is for tomorrow. I want to run a little better curve tomorrow. I will probably think about that tonight and work on that tomorrow."