Ali Earns A Silver Medal In 100m HH At Rio Olympics|
Aug. 17, 2016
Nia Ali won a silver medal in the women's 100m HH and Andre De Grasse advanced to the men's 200m final at the 2016 Olympics held at Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil today (Aug. 17). Also, Conor McCullough placed 16th in the men's hammer throw competition and Aaron Brown tied for 16th in the men's 200m. With Ali's medal, a Trojan has now claimed 10 medals at the 2016 Olympics.
Ali placed second in the women's 100m HH with a time of 12.59 (+0.0) to earn the silver medal as part of a USA sweep in the event as Brianna Rollins won with a time of 12.48 and Kristi Castlin placed third with a time of 12.61. Ali became USC's first medalist in the women's 100m HH in Olympic competition. The sweep for USA was the first ever by one country in the event and just the seventh ever in any Summer Olympic event.
Ali (USC 2011) advanced to the final by winning her semifinal heat earlier in the day with a time of 12.65 (-0.1), which was fourth-fastest among the qualifiers.
De Grasse (USC 2016) took second in his men's 200m semifinal and finished second overall among the qualifiers to the final with a time of 19.80 (-0.3). His heat was won by Usain Bolt who ran 19.78. De Grasse broke his Canadian record of 19.88 in the 200m dash, set at the 2015 Pan American Games. De Grasse drew lane four for the final tomorrow at 6:30 p.m.
Brown (USC 2014) finished seventh in the first 200m semifinal heat with a time of 20.37 (-0.4) as .06 seconds separated the fourth to seventh-place finishers. Brown, who ran 20.23 in the heats, finished tied for 16th overall.
McCullough (USC 2015) placed 16th in the men's hammer throw competition after finishing 10th in the Group B qualifying round with a throw of 239-1 (72.88m), four spots away from advancing to the final. He began his series with a throw of 231-9 (70.64m), then threw 217-6 (66.30m) and finally his best throw of 239-1. Even though 29 of the 33 throwers in the competition had thrown at least 77 meters in their careers, only the top qualifier Wojciech Nowicki of Poland surpassed that mark and only three surpassed 76 meters.
Joining De Grasse competing at the Olympics tomorrow will be Dalilah Muhammad in the women's 400m IH final (6:15 p.m.) as well as the women's 4x100m (7:20 a.m.) and men's 4x100m (7:40 a.m.) relays which could include De Grasse and Brown for the Canadian men's team and Allyson Felix for the USA women's team.
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