The women’s 200m final is tonight.
Last night, at the Runnerspace Media table, I was asked if Allyson can make the team? Sure she can! But this is a hugely competitive race tonight and it will be a tough one for any in the field!
Thanks Bryan Sutton of SOJC Track Bureau !
By Bryan Sutton
SOJC Track Bureau for RunBlogRun
Gabby Thomas set a new world-leading time of 21.94 seconds in the women’s 200-meter semifinals Friday afternoon, breaking the previous world-leading time of 21.98 seconds that she had set barely 24 hours earlier.
“What I’ve realized from coming here is my expectations for myself have just gotten even higher,” Thomas said. “Now when I step on the track, I expect to run sub-22, which is something I love for myself and I’m really excited about.”
She wasn’t the only fast qualifier. Jenna Prandini won her semifinal heat in a personal-best 21.99 seconds, making her the second-fastest woman in the world this year behind Thomas.
“It’s been a long time coming,” Prandini said. “I’ve been running times for a couple years now that my coach has been saying I can run really fast. I just had to put it together in a race. So to be able to be having it line up at the trials is really exciting.”
Allyson Felix qualified third overall in 22.20, finishing second in the first heat. She enters the women’s 200 meter finals having already secured a spot on the U.S. team after her second-place finish in the women’s 400 meters last weekend.