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Felix make it past prelims, Fleshman stumbles in 5K

Posted: June 28, 2012 7:53 p.m.
Updated: June 28, 2012 7:53 p.m.
 

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — So smooth and exerting little effort, Allyson Felix glided to an easy win in her heat in the 200 meters at the U.S. Olympic track trials on a drizzly Thursday night

Felix finished in 22.82 seconds, and will take part in the semifinals on Friday.

Minutes later in the women’s 5,000-meter final, Canyon High graduate Lauren Fleshman finished out of Olympic qualifying, taking 16th place in 15:54.14.

She fell behind the pack early and struggled to keep pace throughout the race.

Fleshman has been nursing a left-leg injury which has reduced her training capacity in the months leading up to trials.

Also qualifying in the 200 preliminaries was Jeneba Tarmoh, who five days ago crossed the finish line in a tie for the third and last Olympic spot in the 100.

Now, everyone is waiting to see what they will choose to break the dead heat — a runoff, coin flip or one of them simply giving the spot to the other.

USA Track and Field will wait until the end of the 200 final Saturday to get the athletes’ choice on whether they prefer a runoff or a coin flip. Bobby Kersee, who coaches both athletes, is asking for a runoff for next Tuesday, to give both athletes time to recover.

Felix and Tarmoh didn’t talk after the race, walking right on by.

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