Eugene, United States: LaShawn Merritt clocked the fastest 200 meters time of the year as Brianna Rollins scored a stunning victory in the 100m hurdles at the US Olympic track and field trials here Friday.
Merritt, the 2008 Olympics 400m champion, roared into Saturday´s 200m final with a blistering time of 19.74 seconds, more than two-tenths of a second quicker than his nearest rival, Ameer Webb.
It was a devastating display of sprinting from Merritt, who insists he remains undecided about whether to pursue a 400-200 double at next month´s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
“I´m not sure yet, I´m just trying to take it a race at time. I don´t like to think too far ahead,” said Merritt when asked about his Olympic plans.
“I´m just going to try and win tomorrow.”
Merritt will be joined in the final by both Justin Gatlin and Tyson Gay.
Gatlin finished his semi-final in second place with a time of 20.23sec, trailing teenager Michael Norman in 20.21sec.
The drama on a rainswept day at Hayward Field came in the women´s 100m hurdles, where 2013 world champion Rollins scored a superb victory in 12.34sec.
Kristi Castlin finished second with Nia Ali third.
“I knew I was ready, I just wanted to come out here and do the best race I can, and I managed to execute that,” Rollins said.
Keni Harrison, the fastest woman in the world this year in the event, finished in sixth spot and missed out on a place in Rio.
Harrison´s finish outside the qualifying spots reflects the ferocious depth of competition in the event amongst US hurdlers, who have monopolized all of this season´s top 10 times.
Courtesy : TheNews