Felix, Gatlin storm to U.S. trials victories

Mon Jul 4, 2016 1:52am EDT
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By Gene Cherry

EUGENE, Oregon (Reuters) - Allyson Felix and Justin Gatlin powered to the fastest times in the world this year to book their tickets for the Rio Olympics at a high standard U.S. trials on Sunday.

World champion Felix shook off an ailing ankle to win the women's 400 meters in 49.68 seconds before Gatlin claimed the 100 meters over fellow world medalist Trayvon Bromell in 9.80 seconds. The 20-year-old Bromell was second in 9.84.

World-leading performances were also recorded in the men's 400 meters, long jump, women's high jump and the decathlon.

Felix, still running in pain from the April injury, accelerated from fifth place off the bend to take the lead on the home straight and keep alive her dream of becoming only the third woman to complete a 200-400 double at the same Olympics.

She starts the 200 meters trials on Friday.

"Two months ago I couldn't even walk," the Olympic 200 meters champion told reporters after securing her spot at a fourth Games. "Somehow we found a way."

Her coach Bob Kersee claimed the victory was the 30-year-old's greatest performance.

"I just gave it everything I had," added Felix, who is her country's most decorated female sprinter. "Things were hitting me right and left but giving up wasn't an option."   Continued...

Jul 3, 2016; Eugene, OR, USA; Allyson Felix reacts after competing during the women’s 400m final in the 2016 U.S. Olympic track and field team trials at Hayward Field. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports