Michael Norman Wins U.S. Men's 400m Title, Allyson Felix 2nd In Women's 400m To Make Olympic Team
Michael Norman won the U.S. men's 400m title and Allyson Felix took second in the women's 400m final at the 2020 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials being held at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. today (June 20). The pair make the U.S. track and field team for the 2020 Olympics which will be held in Tokyo, Japan from July 23-Aug. 8.
- Norman (USC 2018) won the men's 400m title with a season-best time of 44.07. After just being bumped from the lead with about 90m remaining by Michael Cherry (44.35), Norman found another gear to pull away from Cherry and the field to claim the title. It is Norman's first U.S. title in the 400m and he makes his first Olympic team. The 2020 Tokyo Olympics are being held in the country where his mother (Nobue) was born.
- Felix (USC 2008) qualified for her fifth Olympics by coming from behind to take second in the women's 400m final with a season-best time of 50.02. Kendall Ellis (USC 2018) finished fourth with a season-best time of 50.10, one spot out of qualifying to represent the U.S. in the event at the 2020 Olympics. It was a total of 0.08 seconds separating second from fourth. Ellis hopes to be added to U.S.A.'s team as part of the 4x400m relay team pool when the official U.S. Olympic Team is announced. when the Felix now is guaranteed to have a chance to build on her total of nine Olympic medals, which are tied with Merlene Ottey (Jamaica and Slovenia) for the most track and field medals all-time by a woman athlete.
- Anna Cockrell finished fifth in a tight women's 100m hurdles final with a time of 12.58 (+0.8). Only 0.07 seconds separated the second to fifth-place finishers and Cockrell would have had to PR to make the team. Cockrell advanced to the final by taking second in her semifinal heat and fifth overall with a time of 12.59 (+1.3) earlier in the day. She will have another chance of making her first Olympic team as she will be competing in the 400m hurdles at the Trials beginning on June 25.
- The day began for the Trojans when Conor McCullough (USC 2015) placed fourth in the men's hammer throw final. McCullough had a best mark of 244-10 (74.64m). The three athletes who made the team all posted personal-bests, including the winner Rudy Winkler who set the American record with a throw of 271-4 (82.71m).
Tomorrow, NCAA 800m champion Isaiah Jewett will be competing in the U.S. men's 800m final for a spot on the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team.
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