Felix on track for Rio double

INJURY WOES: Felix, who sprained her ankle in training, is eyeing to make history by bagging the 200m and 400m golds in Rio. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


    Jul 04, 2016

    Felix on track for Rio double


    WORLD champion Allyson Felix stayed on course for a rare Olympic double with a solid qualifying run in the 400m semi-finals at the United States Olympic track and field trials over the weekend.

    Still pained by an ankle sprain in April, America's most decorated female sprinter eased into Sunday's final with the second fastest time of the day in 50.31 seconds.

    Although definitely not at top shape yet, the 30-year-old hopes to make the US team in both the 200m and 400m and go for an Olympic double that only two women have ever achieved.

    The 200m Olympic champion will need a top three finish in both races at the cut-throat trials to qualify for Rio.

    "It's difficult to not feel like me," Felix told reporters. "I'm having to go with what I have and change a little bit."

    The right ankle, injured while weight-lifting, "is not 100 per cent. But I am fighting".

    She appeared stronger than in Friday's first round but attributed it to finally competing. Prior to the weekend, she had run only two 400m races and no 200s this year.

    The 200m, which starts on Friday, is still on her schedule.

    While young Travyon Bromell overshadowed US mainstays Justin Gatlin and Tyson Gay in the men's 100m qualifying, Olympic long jump gold medallist Brittney Reese created some major fireworks.

    Trailing world champion Tianna Bartoletta, Reese exploded to the longest jump in 12 years, a lifetime best 7.31m. "I knew yesterday when I jumped 7m easily, I knew that today would be special," said Reese.

    Only Jackie Joyner-Kersee (7.49m) has jumped further among American women.

    Bromell, the world indoor 60m champion, breezed through 100m qualifying in 9.94 seconds.

    Gay clocked a wind-assisted 9.97 and world silver medallist Gatlin 10.03.