Hull Shines in Olympic Debut
EUGENE, Ore. – Making her Olympic debut, former UO standout Jessica Hull advanced to the semifinals of the women's 1500 meters. Jenna Prandini, facing two races on day four of the athletics program, qualified for the semifinals in the women's 200 meters but missed advancing to the final.
Hull recorded a first-round time of 4:05.28, cruising through the finish line—with a smile—to finish in second place in heat two. The outing earned Hull automatic placement into the semifinals. The next round is scheduled for Wednesday at 3 a.m. (PT). Hull enters the Olympics off a personal-best performance of 4:00.73 from a recent Sound Running Sunset Tour stop (July 18) in Mission Viejo, Calif.
In her first of two races, Prandini posted a winning time of 22.56 to cruise through heat seven in the 200 meters. With the victory, she advanced to the semifinals where she ran 22.57 to finish fifth in her heat and 13th overall. Prandini was also a semifinalist in the 100 meters earlier in the Olympic program.
Prandini is also part of the United States' 4x100-meter relay pool, an event that starts Thursday in Tokyo.
Day five of the track and field schedule will feature a medal opportunity for Raevyn Rogers with the finals of the women's 800 meters. The day will also include opening-round action in the men's 1500 meters for Cole Hocker and Matthew Centrowitz, 110-meter hurdles for Devon Allen and triple jump for Emmanuel Ihemeje.
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