Felix double dream still alive, Richards-Ross ends career

Sat Jul 2, 2016 12:11am EDT
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EUGENE, Oregon (Reuters) - Allyson Felix's dream of completing a rare double at the Rio Games is still alive but a tearful Olympic 400 meters champion Sanya Richards-Ross brought the curtain down on her career at the U.S. Olympic trials on Friday.

Felix, who is bidding to become only the third woman to win a 200-400 double at the same Olympic Games, eased through the opening round of the 400 just minutes after Richards-Ross pulled up injured in an earlier race.

"My hamstring grabbed me," the 31-year-old Richards-Ross, who announced earlier she would retire this year, said after stopping 250 meters into the race.

"I've had an amazing career," the three-time Olympian said. "To have my last race be here, at Hayward Field, in front of these fans, it's incredible."

She blew kisses to the crowd, which rose to show its appreciation for her 16-year career.

“No Rio. No Rio," she said. "That’s the toughest part. You really want to go to the Olympics. No matter how banged up you are you still think it’s possible."

Felix, still running in pain from an April ankle sprain, left for medical treatment without speaking to the media.

She finished a comfortable second in her preliminary race. Her time, 51.96 seconds, was well off her personal best but good enough to advance to Saturday's semi-finals.

Olympic silver medalist Galen Rupp won his eighth consecutive 10,000 national title and fellow Oregon native Ryan Crouser claimed the shot put, the only finals on the opening session of the 10-day trials that will determine the U.S. team for Rio.   Continued...

Jul 1, 2016; Eugene, OR, USA; Shakima Wimbley (left) and Allyson Felix (middle) and Jessica Beard (right) compete during the women's 400m first round heats in the 2016 U.S. Olympic track and field team trials at Hayward Field.  Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports