Felix misses U.S. team as Bowie surprises in 200m
EUGENE, Oregon (Reuters) - Olympic champion Allyson Felix stunningly failed to make the U.S. team for Rio in her favourite event, the 200 metres, as her dreams for a rare sprint Olympic double ended at the American trials on Sunday.
A late lean by the world 400 metres champion was not enough for Felix as she missed qualifying for Rio by one-hundredth of a second by finishing fourth in 22.54 seconds.
World champion Tori Bowie gained the victory in the 200 in 22.25 seconds with collegian Deajah Stevens (22.30) and a lunging Jenna Prandini (22.53) outduelling Felix.
Only the top three finishers in each event at the cut-throat trials qualify for the Olympics.
"I gave it all I had but it just wasn't there today," said Felix, who two months ago could not even walk because of a sprained ankle.
But it was the lack of conditioning, not the ankle, that slowed her on Sunday, she said
"The speed just wasn't there," said Felix, who had not run a 200 metres this year until the trials, where she won the 400 metres earlier in the 10-day competition.
Bowie watched the 2012 Olympics from home on television. Now she is going to Rio.
“It’s like a dream come true, coming to the Olympic trails and leaving being the champion," she said. Continued...