Athlete Quotes - Women's 400m Semifinal
Mary Wineberg, Heat 1 (Winner)
"I think for the second round it went fine. I would've liked a faster time, but we just ran a round yesterday, so I am satisfied with the win. I need to rest these legs because they are tired, but I think I will be fine for the final."
Sanya Richards, Heat 2 (Winner)
"I felt good. I wanted to execute the first 300 meters and relax for the last 100. At about 320 I saw on the Jumbotron that I had enough room and felt comfortable."
"When I saw the time I thought that maybe if I would have pushed it, it could have been a sub-50 second race. But, I'll save that for Thursday."
"I felt really strong. Now I just have to get a lot of rest and relax for Thursday, and hopefully those times will come."
"I enjoy being the favorite. I know I have a target on my back, but it just means I had the best times coming in, and I like that."
Dee Dee Trotter, Heat 2 (2nd Place)
"I am feeling very blessed because six weeks ago it was likely I would not be here. I have a very serious knee injury. I am so blessed that God has given me this opportunity to come out here and be able to perform. If you look at my times from before the Prefontaine Classic, I was running 53 seconds. To be able to come back and do what I have done today, making the finals and having a shot to make this team, even though I had a big wall in my way, I just can't be more thankful to God."
"I have a chipped femur bone. I am actually running with bone fragment in my knee. The inflammation is what the problem is. When it swells up I lose range of motion and can't run."
Monique Henderson, Heat 3 (3rd Place)
"I was thinking a lot, worried about where Sanya was. I think that drained me a little."
"The wind was a lot less on the backstretch. I felt much better without the wind."
"I think I'm right in the mix, that's where I want to be."
On trying to run sub-50 seconds for the second time: "I'm fully ready to do it again."