US Olympic trials: Gabrielle Thomas runs quickest 200m time since Florence Griffith Joyner

US Olympic trials: Gabrielle Thomas runs fastest 200m time since Florence Griffith Joyner

Gabrielle Thomas throws her arms wide in celebration as she crosses the line
Thomas received the US 200m trials to achieve her first Olympics, whereas Allyson Felix (proper) has certified for her fifth Video games within the 400m

American sprinter Gabrielle Thomas grew to become the quickest lady since Florence Griffith Joyner over 200m when she received the US Olympic trials in 21.61 seconds.

The 24-year-old’s time remains to be greater than 1 / 4 of a second outdoors the late Griffith Joyner’s world file, however is the third quickest 200m ever run.

9-time Olympic medallist Allyson Felix, 35, who had certified for Tokyo within the 400m, got here up quick within the 200m, ending fifth in her remaining US trials occasion, 17 years after she made her Olympic debut.

Additionally on the trials in Eugene, Oregon, Grant Holloway missed the 110m hurdles world file by only a hundredth of a second.

The world champion, 23, who holds the indoor 60m hurdles world file, received the ultimate in 12.96 seconds.

However in his semi-final he completed a hundredth of a second outdoors Aries Merritt’s 2012 world file of 12.80 seconds.

“At this level [the world record] is unquestionably attainable,” Holloway stated.

“Lots of people stated I might by no means run 12.9 once more. I am simply persevering with to determine methods to get higher.”

Within the males’s 400m hurdles, Rai Benjamin, 23, received the ultimate in 46.83 seconds, simply 5 tons of of a second outdoors fellow American Kevin Younger’s world file, which has stood since 1992.

“It hurts just a little bit that it was proper there and I could not seize it, but it surely’s simply extra gas for the fireplace,” stated Benjamin.

Seventeen-year-old Erriyon Knighton ran a 19.88-second private finest to win the lads’s 200m semi-finals, forward of Kenny Bednarek (19.90) and world champion Noah Lyles (19.91).

Reigning world champion DeAnna Value prolonged her personal American file within the hammer throw with an 80.31m effort and within the pole vault, 30-year-old Katie Nageotte cleared a world-leading 4.95m, with solely two girls having ever jumped greater.

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