Athlete Quotes - Women's 400m Quarterfinal
Mary Wineberg, Heat 1
"Overall, I think it went well for the first round. I just wanted to come out and win my heat and advance to the second round."
"Really, there was no goal for a time, I just wanted be first in my heat. I kind of eased up at the finish and am really excited for tomorrow."
Monique Henderson, Heat 1
On the conditions "It was windy on the backstretch and I went out too hard."
Are you happy with your performance? "Definitely. I tried to do the least amount necessary. Second place is a good spot, so I'm happy with that."
Natasha Hastings, Heat 2 (1st Place)
"I felt very good about my race. My last few races have been shaky so we made some adjustments the last couple weeks in my training. I am really out here kind of testing things out at the same time so for me to run and feel the way I felt today I am very confident going into the semifinals."
Sanya Richards, Heat 3 (1st Place)
"I was anxious to get out there. The fans here are incredible. I saw them yesterday, and thought, 'wait until you see me tomorrow.'"
"I haven't had any flare ups since January 1. Recovery is very important to me. I am still on medication, and I need to keep my stresses low. In my mind, it's gone, but I still have to take precautions."
"I just have to remind myself what makes track and field fun for me, and that's the competition."
"I came out motivated. I got fourth place last time, and I haven't forgotten."
Dee Dee Trotter, Heat 4 (1st Place)
"I'm feeling pretty good. I have been struggling with a knee injury for a while now, but it has been a blessing to be able to come out here and run well so far."
"I always find the semifinals to be one of the toughest rounds, but I'm just very happy to have gotten this far."