While Russian rival waits, Jenn Suhr locks up Olympic spot

Jul 13, 2016, 02:59

Her second-place finish behind Biles at last year's world championships and her experience with Olympic-level competition, particularly on the uneven bars where the USA team is weak, however, made up for her trials performance.

The last gasp-effort by Martinez, a crowd favorite after her misfortune in the 800, was successful.

The concluding day of the American trials also produced the fastest 400 meters hurdles in the world this year, a run of 52.88 seconds by Dalilah Muhammad, and an upset in the men's race as 35-year-old Kerron Clement won in 48.50 seconds to make his third Olympic team. "It's exciting and you just trust that you've done the work and you're ready for anything". That opens things up for someone such as Bryan McBride, who won an NCAA title at Arizona State in 2014.

Jenn Suhr, who will get to defend her Olympic gold medal in the pole vault, after winning Sunday. "It wasn't just my family, teammates, coaches and friends, it was also people around town, people sending me Twitter and Facebook messages and people yelling encouraging words as I ran by".

"I'm just so grateful". "When I crossed the line and saw the results, I didn't really care if I came in first, second or third", she said, "I was just excited that I made the team". "First day I got here and I had a nervous breakdown", the youngster said.

"Disappointing", Felix said of the race.

"But when I look back and see everything that happened, I still think it's quite wonderful I was able to make the team".

The additions complete the pool of runners available to compete in the relays and fill a vacancy left in the women's 5,000-meter when Molly Huddle withdrew from that event to focus her efforts on the 10,000-meter. The San Francisco, Calif., native will look to build on prior success at the Olympics, where she posted two straight top-10 performances, including a sixth-place finish in the 1,500 at the 2012 London Olympics. She finished second, 2.100 points behind.

Justin Gatlin, who won the 100- and 200-meter dashes at the trials, has run the two fastest times in the world this year in the 100 (9.80 seconds and 9.83) and second-fastest in the 200 (19.75).

"I put no pressure on myself in this race", she said. "You hope for this since you're a little girl".

"And, if I feel like I am the best Erik Kynard, it's up to everybody else to keep up".

A lot of people might have difficulty believing that Sydney McLaughlin is only 16 years old because of the achievements that she already has in track & field. She sounded like it. She got back on her feet, rejoined the race, tried to gain back the lost ground gradually, but never could, eventually dropping out in the second mile.

The men's 1500m title was won by world indoor champion Matt Centrowitz in 3:34.09, ahead of Robby Andrews who finished in 3:34.88 and Ben Blankenship who managed 3:36.18. The third-best time was enough for her to finish first overall with 6,494 points, with Heather Miller-Koch second (6,423) and Kendell Williams third (6,402).

"'14 and '15 were two very hard years for me, just having personal problems in '14 to being injured in 15", Muhammad said.

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