Felix, Tarmoh easily advance to 200 final
Maybe the response just slipped. Or maybe the question completely caught her off guard. As Allyson Felix sauntered away from the crowd and...
EUGENE, Ore. — Maybe the response just slipped. Or maybe the question completely caught her off guard.
As Allyson Felix sauntered away from the crowd and toward the safety of a restricted area, she actually broke her vow of silence.
"Feeling good," she said in almost a hushed voice. And then she was off again, escorted by coach Bobby Kersee.
Felix is looking solid on the track even in the midst of controversy, winning her semifinal heat at the U.S. Olympic trials Friday.
Same with training partner Jeneba Tarmoh, who moments earlier captured her race convincingly, too.
After the 200 final Saturday, these two sprinters will finally address what everyone is anxious to know: just how they will break their third-place tie in the 100 and decide who earns the final spot to the London Games in the event.
A runoff? A flip of the coin?
Soon, there will be a choice. Maybe even something as simple as one of them surrendering the spot to the other.
The controversy has overshadowed everything at the trials.
Including this: Some of the biggest names in U.S. sprinting were missing from the starting blocks in the opening round of the men's 200 meters. Justin Gatlin and Tyson Gay were expected to sit out this race after securing spots to London in the 100.
But the absence of Olympic bronze medalist Walter Dix was a bit of a surprise. Dix was hampered by a lingering left hamstring injury that slowed him in the 100. Dix's only option for making it to London will be on the 400 relay team.
"We're missing Tyson, Walter and Justin — that's U.S. best right there," said 34-year-old Doc Patton, who advanced in his heat. "The door is open for anyone in the field right now."
That's one way to look at it. The other is the road to gold may have just gotten a whole lot easier for one of the Jamaican sprinters, world-record holder Usain Bolt or 100-meter world champion Yohan Blake.
Wallace Spearmon had the fastest 200 time in the prelims, showing he's rounding back into form.
In finals, University of Colorado standout Emma Coburn won the steeplechase and Jillian Camarena-Williams captured the shot put.