Felix makes 400m final as Reese, Bromell deliver top marks

Sat Jul 2, 2016 8:17pm EDT
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By Gene Cherry

Eugene, Oregon (Reuters) - World champion Allyson Felix stayed on course for a rare Olympic double with a solid qualifying run in the 400 meters semi-finals at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials on Saturday.

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

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

The 200 meters Olympic champion, Felix will need a top three finish in both races at the cutthroat 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."

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

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

Jul 2, 2016; Eugene, OR, USA; Brittney Reese competes during the women's long jump finals in the 2016 U.S. Olympic track and field team trials at Hayward Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports