Felix In W-400m & De Grasse In M-100m Advance To Olympic Semifinals

    Aug. 13, 2016

    Allyson Felix in the women’s 400m and Andre De Grasse in the men’s 100m advanced to semifinals at the 2016 Olympics held at Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil today (Aug. 13). Aaron Brown also ran in the men’s 100m heats today and Tynia Gaither in the women's 100m heats yesterday, but they did not advance to the semifinals.

    Felix (USC 2008) began the day by easing her way to victory in the second of eight women’s 400m heats with a time of 51.24. She ended the day with the sixth-fastest time among the qualifiers and on to the semifinals tomorrow.

    De Grasse (USC 2016) cruised to victory in the fourth of eight heats of the men’s 100m dash with a time of 10.04 (-0.5) to automatically advance to tomorrow’s semifinals. De Grasse eased to victory over the field which included five national record-holders in the group of eight runners.

    Brown (USC 2014) placed third in his 100m heat with a time of 10.25 (-1.3) and finished 31st overall. Brown, who ran in the heat with the strongest headwind, got out slow and moved up at the end of the race, but could not catch a spot in the top two and an automatic advancement.

    On Aug. 12, Tynia Gaither (USC 2016) running for the Bahamas placed fifth in her 100m heat with a time of 11.56 (-0.3). She ended up 39th in the women’s 100m dash.

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