No Felix for Olympic Double; 16 Year Old Makes U.S. Olympic Track Team First Time In 4 Decades
Doubled up. Felix finishes 4th, no chance for Olympic double
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Allyson Felix's chance at the Olympic double is over. She was beaten out for third place by .01 seconds by a diving Jenna Prandini in the 200-meter final at U.S. Track and Field Trials Sunday.
Felix was shooting for the 200-400 double, made possible when Olympic organizers changed the schedule after a request that originated in the United States.
She made the 400-meter final, but in her signature event — the one where she was hoping to defend her Olympic title — she could not make it through.
Prandini will be joined by Tori Bowie and Deajah Stevens, who finished 1-2.
The Felix loss overshadowed a performance by Sydney McLaughlin, who finished third in 400-meter hurdles to become the first 16-year-old to make the U.S. Olympic track team in 40 years.
All eyes on Sydney McLaughlin in 400-meter hurdles
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — New Jersey prep star Sydney McLaughlin became the first 16-year-old in 40 years to make the U.S. Olympic track team with a third-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles Sunday at the U.S. Track and Field Trials.
McLaughlin joins winner Dalilah Muhammad and runner-up Ashley Spencer on the team headed to Rio. Muhammad, the silver medalist at the 2013 world championships in Moscow, finished in 52.88 seconds.
McLaughlin's time of 54.14 was a junior world record. She will be a senior at Union Catholic High School in Scotch Plains, New Jersey, next fall.
The last 16-year-old to make the team was 100-meter hurdler Rhonda Brady in 1976.