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Athlete Quotes - Men's 200m Semifinal

Rodney Martin, Heat 1 (Winner)

"It was a good race and it went pretty cool and comfortable. I'm just trying to get a good lane for the finals."

"I would like the best U.S.A. Olympic team to go to Beijing and I would rather have Tyson be here then not even if that means I wouldn't make the team because that shows I have to work that much harder."

Wallace Spearmon, Heat 1 (Second Place)

"I just wanted to get out and run a hard turn. I think I did ok doing that. It's a lot easier to run two 200's than two 100's. People may not think that, but I'm having fun doing this. The 200 is my playground. To see a great competitor (Tyson Gay) go down is unfortunate, but it's a chance for someone else to step up and it's a wake up call for other athletes to take their time in warming up and being extra careful on their starts. I'm ready mentally and physically for the finals. I'm ready to make this team."

Walter Dix, Heat 2 (Third Place)

"I ran a good race. I didn't expect it to be quite that fast. I'll have to come out tomorrow and be stronger. It's going to be a good race tomorrow."

(On Tyson Gay going down): "It opens up a spot. Everybody is looking for a spot. I was shocked. I knew his legs were hurting. Everybody is hurting. It's a long two weeks."

"I ran a good race. Tomorrow some people are going to have good lanes and some people aren't."

On what it is going to take: "Heart."

Shawn Crawford, Heat 2 (Winner)

"The main thing is that I am in the final and I just need to rest these dirty old legs and do what I do."

"I'm really sorry about his (Tyson Gay) injury and I think it takes a little bit of pressure off of everyone because there is now one more spot. I don't like to eat the cake before its done, I'll lick the bowl, but it ain't over till tomorrow."

"Overall, it went great and I advanced to the final. I can't complain."

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