Felix Wins The 400m Silver Medal, Becomes The Most Decorated USA Women's T&F Athlete|
Aug. 15, 2016
Allyson Felix won the women’s 400m silver medal to become the most decorated USA female track and field athlete ever, Dalilah Muhammad advanced to the women’s 400m IH semifinals and Tynia Gaither advanced to the women’s 200m semifinals to highlight USC’s efforts at the 2016 Olympics held at Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil today (Aug. 15). Felix’s medal is the eighth won by a Trojan so far at the Rio Games.
Felix (USC 2008) had a season-best time of 49.51 and looked like she had caught Shaunae Miller of the Bahamas down the stretch, but Miller leaned so far on her final stride that she stumbled across the line and fell to the track to edge Felix by .07 seconds. In winning the silver medal, Felix pushed her career Olympic medal total to seven, more than any other USA track and field women has ever won.
Felix advanced to the 400m final by winning her semifinal heat yesterday with a then season-best time of 49.67.
To advance out of the women’s 400m IH heat races a runner would have to finish top three in her heat or have one of the next six fastest times. Amalie Iuel (USC 2017) was up first in the third heat and posted a time of 56.75 which was sixth in her heat and would have to wait it out. Muhammad (USC 2012) was up next in the fifth heat and cruised to victory in her section with a time of 55.33. She automatically advanced and was fourth among the qualifiers, while Iuel ended up 29th, five spots out of the semifinals. Muhammad will run in lane three of the third semifinals heat tomorrow at 5:10 p.m.
There was a 25-minute rain delay in the program in the middle of the men’s 110m HH races which pushed the start of the women’s 400m IH, men’s 800m final and women’s 400m final back.
Gaither (USC 2016) began the day on the track for the Trojans in the early session by taking third in her 200m heat with a time of 22.90 (+0.8). The top two in each heat and the runners with the next six fastest times would advance to the finals. After the ninth heat was completed Gaither was confirmed as a semifinalist, finishing 23rd overall. Gaither received the inside lane in the first heat of the semifinals on Aug. 16 at 6 p.m.
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