The final roster for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro was determined on the final day of competition at the United States Olympic track and field trials.
On Sunday, Hayward Field at the University of Oregon hosted nine different championship events.
The qualifying students’ grades are as follows:
Final Results from the 2016 United States Olympic Track & Field Trials, Presented on July 10.
|Women’s Pole Vault||Jenn Suhr||15’9″||Sandi Morris||15’7″||Alexis Weeks||15’4″|
|Men’s High Jump||Erik Kynard||7’6″||Kyle Landon||7’5″||Bradley Adkins||7’3″|
|Women’s 400M Hurdles||Dalilah Muhammad||52.88 Seconds||Ashley Spencer||54.02 Seconds||Sydney McLaughlin||54.15 Seconds|
|Women’s Heptathlon||Barbara Nwaba||6,494 Points||Heather Miller-Koch||6,423 Points||Kendell Williams||6,402 Points|
|Women’s 5,000M||Molly Huddle||15:05.01||Shelby Houlihan||15:06.14||Kim Conley||15:10.62|
|Men’s 400M Hurdles||Kerron Clement||48.50||Byron Robinson||48.79 Seconds||Michael Tinsley||48.82 Seconds|
|Women’s 1,500M||Jenny Simpson||4:04.74||Shannon Rowbury||4:05.39||Brenda Martinez||4:06.16|
|Women’s 200M||Tori Bowie||22.25 Seconds||Deajah Stevens||22.30 Seconds||Jenna Prandini||22.53 Seconds|
|Men’s 1,500M||Matthew Centrowitz||3:34.09||Robby Andrews||3:34.88||Ben Blankenship||3:36.18|
2016 Track and Field Highlights
When Dalilah Muhammad ran a new personal best of 52.88 seconds to win the women’s 400-meter hurdles at a U.S. championship, she established a new national standard. According to the United States Olympic Committee, that time was nearly a second faster than her previous personal best.
Sydney McLaughlin, who came in third, may have been even more spectacular. According to FloTrack, the 16-year-old broke the junior world record with a timing of 54.15 seconds.
Kerron Clement, running in the men’s division, used his final burst of speed to win the race from third position.
Johnny Dutch, who was in the lead going into the final obstacle, faded to fifth and did not qualify for the Olympics in Rio.
Many exciting moments occurred in the women’s 1,500-meter race, which Jenny Simpson and Shannon Rowbury won to earn trips to Rio.
On the other hand, in the last strides for third place, Brenda Martinez was trying to hold off the surging Amanda Eccleston. Martinez was victorious over Eccleston by a razor-thin margin of 0.03 seconds after a dramatic two-dive finale.
The battle for third place in the women’s 200 metres was almost as exciting, but it involved a more well-known athlete.
Allyson Felix, a four-time Olympic gold medalist, missed out on a chance for her second slot on the United States roster in Rio by finishing only 0.01 seconds behind third-place Jenna Prandini.
Now that they know they’ll be competing for the Red, White, and Blue, the newest track and field stars representing the United States can focus completely on adding their names to the hundreds of men and women who have taken home medals from past Olympic Games.