Felix regroups for Rio after lunge ends double dream

Wed Jul 20, 2016 9:12pm EDT
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By Gene Cherry

EUGENE, Oregon (Reuters) - Allyson Felix leaned for the finish line; Jenna Prandini lunged.

What followed reverberated far beyond Eugene, Oregon, and the U.S. Olympic trials.

By one-hundredth of a second, Olympic champion Felix, hampered by an ankle injury and a lack of training, lost to Prandini for the third and final 200 meters spot on the U.S. team for Rio.

The defeat ended any chance of her going for a rare 200-400 meters Olympic double since the American selection system is notoriously cut-throat, based solely on a top three finish in the trials.

"This whole year that had been what I was working for," the disappointed Felix said of the double.

Her goals now will be to win the 400 meters, where she is a favorite, and race in one or two relays.

"It's pretty amazing to me that I'm still going to Rio," the world 400 meters champion told Reuters Television.

"While it doesn't look exactly how I hoped it would, I'm still going after it with everything I have."   Continued...

Jul 10, 2016; Eugene, OR, USA; Allyson Felix reacts after placing fourth in the women's 200m in 22.54 during the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials at Hayward Field. Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports