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TOKYO -- Keni Harrison added an Olympic silver to her world record in the women’s 100m hurdles and JuVaughn Harrison had a gritty performance to finish fifth in the men’s long jump during the morning session of day four at Olympic Stadium. All six Team USATF athletes in track prelims advanced to their next rounds.

On demand coverage of this session’s events will be available via NBC Olympics.

Women’s 100m Hurdles final

World record holder Keni Harrison (Pflugerville, Texas / USATF Texas Southern) was lined up next to the world’s fastest woman this year, Jasmine Camacho-Quinn of Puerto Rico, and the two University of Kentucky products ran almost even through four hurdles before Camacho-Quinn pulled ahead and ran on to gold in 12.37 with Harrison taking the silver in 12.52 after lightly clipping the ninth barrier. Gabbi Cunningham (Holly Springs, North Carolina / USATF North Carolina) was seventh in 13.01.

Men’s Long Jump final

JuVaughn Harrison (Baton Rouge, Louisiana / USATF Southern) struggled in the first two rounds before jumping 7.96m/26-1.5 on his third try to earn three more attempts. Two jumps later he improved to 8.15m/26-9 to move into bronze medal position, but he couldn’t hold that spot and ended up fifth.

Men’s Hammer Throw qualifying

American record holder Rudy Winkler (Ithaca, New York / USATF New York) became the third man in the competition to surpass the automatic qualifying mark with his 78.81m/258-6 in round two of flight B. Winkler opened up with a 76.39m/250-7 that would have advanced him as well. It was a nervous first two rounds for Daniel Haugh (Marietta, Georgia / USATF Georgia) with fouls in each stanza, but he came through on his final attempt to hit 75.73m/248-5 and nsag the final qualifying spot in 12th. Alex Young (LaVergne, Tennessee / USATF Pacific) hit his best of 75.09m/246-4 on his first attempt in flight A and did not qualify for the final.

The men’s hammer throw final will be Wednesday, August 4 at 7:15 AM ET / 8:15 PM in Tokyo.

Women’s 1,500m 1st round

Trials champion and the sixth-fastest American ever, Elle Purrier St. Pierre (Brighton, Massachusetts / USATF New England) was in heat two and took over the lead at the bell. With world mile record holder Sifan Hassan making a mad all-out dash over the final 300m after falling, Purrier St. Pierre ran a controlled last lap and ended up third in 4:05.34. Hassan won in 4:05.17, but only at the cost of an energy-sapping long sprint to the line as she covered the final 300m in 43.7.

Knowing how fast they needed to run to have a chance at qualifying for the semis, runners in the final heat set a much quicker pace than the first two sections. Heather MacLean (Brighton, Massachusetts / USATF New England) stayed out of trouble near the front and was rewarded with a near-lifetime best of 4:02.40 in finishing fifth to nab an automatic berth in the next round.

The first of three heats had Cory McGee (Boulder, Colorado / USATF New England) tucked into the back of the front half of the pack through the first two laps as the pace was not quick. McGee was 11th at the bell, at the back of a big group that was poised to see who had the best finishing kick. Ninth with 100m to go, McGee passed one runner on the homestretch and clocked 4:05.15, grabbing one of the six time qualifier slots in the semifinal.

The semifinals will take place on Wednesday, August 4 at 6 AM ET / 7 PM in Tokyo.

Women’s 200m 1st round

Like Thomas three heats earlier, Jenna Prandini (Pflugerville, Texas / USATF Central California) only had to beat two women in her five-athlete section, and she made sure of it with a convincing win in 22.56 from lane two.

Lined up on the inside in lane two of section four, Gabby Thomas (Austin, Texas / USATF Texas Southern) sped to an early lead and made up the stagger on the six women to her outside before Namibia’s Christine Mboma came back on her as she eased up and Mboma won in a national record 22.11 over Thomas’s 22.20.

An abbreviated heat of five women greeted Anavia Battle (Inkster, Michigan / USATF Michigan) in the third section and she made up the stagger on the two women to her outside within the first half of the race. Battle shifted into maintenance mode for the final 80m and placed second in 22.54 to automatically advance.

The semifinals will take place Monday, August 2 at 6:25 AM ET / 7:25 PM in Tokyo. 

 

Full session results are available on the World Athletics website. The next session begins at 6:20 AM ET with the women’s pole vault qualifying round. Fans in the U.S. can watch here via NBC properties.  

 

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USATF Medal Count (4)

Silver (3)

Women’s Shot Put – Raven Saunders

Men’s 100m – Fred Kerley

Women’s 100m Hurdles - Keni Harrison

 

Bronze (1)

4x400m Mixed Relay – Trevor Stewart, Kendall Ellis, Kailyn Whitney, Vernon Norwood


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