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Allyson Felix makes 200m world finals

Posted: August 15, 2013 9:54 p.m.
Updated: August 15, 2013 9:54 p.m.

Santa Clarita Valley resident Allyson Felix, center, and France's Myriam Soumare, right, compete in a women's 200-meter heat at the World Athletics Championships in Moscow, Russia on Thursday.

 

The U.S.-Jamaican sprint showdown moved to the 200 meters at the world championships on Thursday, and Santa Clarita resident Allyson Felix was at the center of it.

Both 100 champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Olympic champion and Felix dominated their semifinal heats. That kept Fraser-Pryce’s bid alive for three gold medals — something teammate Usain Bolt achieved at two Olympics and two world championships so far.

Felix is looking for the same triple she won at the London Olympics last year, combining the 200 with the 4x100 and 4x400 relays.

Felix had the top time of 22.30 seconds, but Fraser-Pryce coasted well ahead of the line and still finished with the fourth best qualifying time for Friday’s final.

Fraser-Pryce is primarily a 100 sprinter and has two Olympics golds attesting to that, but she said in Moscow that she has never been as ready as this year to add the 200 to her haul.

Another Santa Clarita Valley native, Canyon graduate Alysia Montano, was also in action Thursday.

Montano won the second heat of the women’s 800-meter race with a time of 1 minute, 59.47 seconds.

She’ll be back on the track today for the semifinal and, if she qualifies, will race in the final on Sunday.

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