Track - World Championships

by Frank Baldwin August 27, 2015

A recap of recent events and 5 from Oregon who are moving on. It's just after 7AM Thursday in Beijing.

Former Ducks sprinter Phyllis Francis surges to 400 final at world championships

BEIJING — Former Oregon Ducks sprinter Phyllis Francis put together a strong surge in the final 30 meters of her semifinal race Tuesday to qualify for the 400-meter final at the track and field world championships. Francis' finishing speed carried her past two runners and into third place in a time of 50.50 seconds, which was just fast enough to get her into Thursday's finals. She joins U.S. teammate and event favorite Allyson Felix as the two Americans in the field of eight. Her time was just off her all-time best of 50.46, set at the NCAA Indoor Championships in 2014.

"I'm just so happy I made it," Francis said. "I wanted to get out and then stay with the group. Then the last 150 I wanted to kick and go from there. I'm just happy that I get a day off tomorrow to rest and recover and try this all over again on Thursday."

The 2014 UO graduate has remained in Eugene, and continues to train under her college coaches, Robert Johnson and Curtis Taylor. Francis said she will also "most definitely" be a part of the U.S. women's 4x400 relay when that gets under way in four days."I love relays, so that's something to look forward to at the end of the meet," she said.

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Galen Rupp

 

In the 5000 meter semifinal Rupp qualified for the final which will be held on Saturday.

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Jenna Prandini

 

She will run in Thursday's 200 meter semifinal having qualified by finishing in 22.20, second in her preliminary heat.

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Matthew Centrowitz

 

He has an opening round 1500 meter heat Thursday.

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Ashton Eaton

 

His first five events begin on Thursday: 100 meters, long jump, shot put, high jump and 400 meters.

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Thursday's meet highlight:

 

This will be the showdown in the men's 200 meter final between USA's Justin Gatlin and Jamaica's Usain Bolt, 

who beat Gatlin in the 100 meters by 1/100 of a second. The semi-final times favored Gatlin - 19.87 to 19.95.

 

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