Athlete Quotes - Women's 200m Semifinal
Bianca Knight, Heat 1 (Winner)
"The whole goal of that round is to make it to tomorrow. With it being the fourth round, a lot of the girls aren't used to running that many, so you don't want to give it your all before the finals. Today, I got out hard and held on. I had to run a little harder than the other rounds, but I get stronger as the rounds go on. I'm really anxious to see what happens tomorrow."
Marshevet Hooker, Heat 1 (Second Place)
"I'm feeling good. I am glad I got that round out of the way. I felt like it might be a little rough because I was coming off a previous round, but I held it strong and I was able to hold it strong and finish in the end."
"That is what we worked on in practice. I knew in my mind and in my heart that was what it was going to come down to. I kept going through my mind before the race that I was going to have to finish."
"It feels like practice. That is a good feeling. It is nothing that is unfamiliar to me."
"There was some disappointment [in finishing fourth in the 100m]. It didn't hit me really until the next day. I had to shake it off. There was nothing I could do about it."
Lauryn Williams, Heat 1 (Third Place)
"It was definitely a rude awakening, but I think it went okay. I knew I had to get out there and put my best foot forward. Being three out of four, shows I have some work to do."
Allyson Felix, Heat 2 (Winner)
"It was good. I came out strong in the first 150 meters, so I could see where I was. I felt comfortable at that point and knew I had to maintain. I know there is more left in there, so I'm really excited about tomorrow's final."
Muna Lee, Heat 2 (Second Place)
"It went pretty good. I went out and executed as I should, trying to get a decent place. I wasn't trying to win it."
On being in lane 8: "I think I can run in any lane. It doesn't bother me. I know I have to get out."
"Now I get to rest up. It's nice to have a long afternoon. I can rest and chill. Tomorrow, in the morning, it's not as early. I had to get up at 6 or 7 a.m. this morning."