Muhammad Advances To Olympic 400m IH Final Thursday

    Aug. 16, 2016

    Dalilah Muhammad advanced to the women’s 400m IH final, Nia Ali to the women’s 100m HH semifinal and Aaron Brown and Andre De Grasse to the men’s 200m semifinal at the 2016 Olympics held at Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil today (Aug. 16). Also, Tynia Gaither finished 24th in the women’s 200m dash.

    Muhammad (USC 2012) cruised to victory in the third and final heat in the women’s 400m IH semifinals with a time of 53.89. Her time was the fastest of the qualifiers to the final by 0.66 seconds, while the second through eighth-place qualifiers were separated by a margin of 0.44 seconds. Muhammad will be in the third lane for the final on Aug. 18 at 6:15 p.m.

    Ali (USC 2011) made her Olympic debut by winning her women’s 100m HH heat with a time of 12.76 (-0.2) to automatically advance to the semifinals in the event. She had the sixth-fastest time among the qualifiers and will run in lane five of the second 100m HH semifinal heat on Aug. 17 at 4:40 p.m.

    Brown (USC 2014) took third in the third heat of the men’s 200m dash with a time of 20.23 (+0.3) and would have to await the results in the remaining seven heats to see if he would advance. The top two in each heat and then the next four fastest times would advance. As it turned out, not only did Brown remain with the top non-automatic qualifying time, but he advanced 11th overall with a better time than three heat winners. De Grasse (USC 2016) left no doubt by winning the 10th heat with a time of 20.09 (+1.0) to advance with the fastest time to the semifinals on Aug. 17 at 6 p.m. Brown will run in lane two of the first semifinal heat and De Grasse in lane five of the second heat, next to Usain Bolt as he was in the 100m semifinal and final.



    Gaither (USC 2016) ran in the fastest women’s 200m semifinal heat and placed eighth with a time of 23.45. She ended up 24th overall in the 200m.

    Joining Ali, Brown and De Grasse competing at the Olympics tomorrow will be fellow Trojan Conor McCullough (USC 2015) in the men’s hammer throw (7 a.m.).

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