Felix Qualifies For U.S. Olympic Team In The 400m Dash|
July 3, 2016
Allyson Felix won the USA women's 400m title and the right to represent America at the 2016 Olympics and Adoree' Jackson came up short in the men's long jump at the USA Track & Field Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore. today (July 3).
Felix (USC, 2008) came from behind to win the women's 400m title with the fastest time in the world this season of 49.68 and automatically qualify for the U.S. Olympic team. Next week Felix will compete in the 200m dash as she tries to accomplish the rare 200m/400m combination at the Olympic games. Felix is the defending 200m Olympic champion, but has never run the open 400m in an Olympic games. Felix will become just the second ever U.S. athlete to compete in the 100m, 200m, and 400m in her Olympic career, joining Chandra Cheeseborough.
Jackson (USC, 2018) opened up in the men's long jump with what turned out to be his best jump of the day of 25-8.25/7.83 (+1.3), his best wind-legal jump of the 2016 season. He was in fifth place after the first round, then jumped 24-8.25/7.52 (+3.5w) and was in eighth after two rounds. The top eight jumpers after three rounds would earn three more jumps. By the time Jackson took his third attempt he had dropped to 10th, so he would need something big. His last jump went for 25-1.75/7.66m (+3.1w) and he finished in 10th place.
BeeJay Lee (USC, 2015) ran in the first heat of the men's 100m semifinals and posted a time of 10.16 (+1.7) to finish seventh in the heat and 18th overall. He will be running next week in the men's 200m trials.