June 25 (Reuters) – Emma Coburn claimed victory in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase at the US Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon on Thursday to secure her spot at the Tokyo Games, while six-time Olympic champion Allyson Felix advanced to the semi-final of the 200 m -finals.
Rio Games bronze medalist Coburn clocked 9: 09.41 for her seventh straight U.S. title, finishing more than two seconds ahead of Courtney Frerichs, and dedicated her victory to her stricken mother. stage 4 cancer.
“Sharing that with her and that she’s doing well is more special than winning today and going to Tokyo. Sharing that with my mom is all,” said Coburn.
Gabby Thomas set a world record of 21.98 in the 200m qualifiers while Felix, 35, the 2012 Olympic champion, advanced to Friday’s semi-final with a time of 22.56.
Felix said in a TV interview that her legs have felt “a little rusty” since she claimed her seat on the plane to Tokyo, for a fifth Olympic Games, in the 400m.
“I try to spin them around and luckily I come back,” she said.
Among those who advanced in the women’s 800m were 2014 world indoor champion Chanelle Price, who set the fastest time in 1: 59.86, US record holder Ajee Wilson and 19-year-old Athing Mu. , who won his series – his first race as a professional – in 2: 00.69.
“This is my fourth down and I never got out of the first round. I just want to be honest,” said Price, 30. “I don’t come in with a big head. I know they’re coming for me.”
In the shot put final, 29-year-old Jessica Ramsey won the competition with a personal best 20.12m effort, while 2016 Olympian Raven Saunders followed at 19.96m and Adelaide Aquilla finished third with 18.95m.
Reigning Olympic champion Michelle Carter is unable to participate in the trials due to the removal of a benign tumor.
In the men’s 400 hurdles, Rai Benjamin – son of famous cricketer Winston Benjamin – advanced to the first round in 49.12, almost two years after claiming silver at the World Championships.
In the men’s 1,500, teenage phenomenon Hobbs Kessler won his race in 3: 45.63, just weeks after breaking the junior US record for 55-year-old Jim Ryun.
In the opening round of the women’s pole vault, two-time Olympic medalist Jenn Suhr, 2018 US indoor champion Katie Nageotte and Rio silver medalist Sandi Morris were among those who qualified. for the final on Saturday.
Reporting by Amy Tennery, additional reporting by Gene Cherry; Editing by Peter Rutherford
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