US runner fails to qualify for Paris Games after falling at Olympic trials

By Jurassic JennJun 29, 2024 19:29 PMSport
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Athing Mu. Source: www.bbc.com

A stunning turn of events occurred in the US Olympic trials as the current women's Olympic 800m champion, Athing Mu, suffered a fall that shattered her hopes of defending her title at the 2024 Paris Games. This is prepared by SSP.

During the race in Eugene, Oregon, the 22-year-old runner tripped while positioned in the middle of the pack, only 200m into the race. Regrettably, she ended up finishing last. Nia Akins emerged victorious in the race, securing her ticket to Paris, alongside runner-up Allie Wilson and third-placed Juliette Whittaker.

Mu's absence from the competition will impact Team GB's Keely Hodgkinson, who clinched a silver medal behind the American prodigy at the 800m event in Tokyo while still a teenager. Mu had been anticipated to be a fierce competitor for Hodgkinson in Paris.

Meanwhile, in the men's 400m race, Quincy Hall brilliantly chased down Michael Norman, the reigning world champion, in the final turn, claiming victory with an impressive time of 44.14 seconds.

Expressing disappointment in his performance, Norman reflected, "I know I can run a lot faster than I did. It was just a poorly executed race. I got a little too excited during the moment, so I paid for it at the end." Chris Bailey secured third place, earning him a spot to compete in Paris. Additionally, the 16-year-old prodigy Quincy Wilson finished sixth, positioning himself as a potential selection for the relay pool.

Notable achievements were observed in the men's 110m hurdles, with Grant Holloway, the silver medalist from Tokyo 2020, securing victory in his heat. Holloway utilized the opportunity to assert his dominance in the field, stating, "I just wanted to put pressure on the field, let everybody know that I'm still on top."

The women's heptathlon showcased an impressive performance by Anna Hall, who emerged as the winner. Joining her in France will be Chari Hawkins and Taliyah Brooks.

In the men's 1500m event, Cole Hocker, who previously won silver at the world indoors, claimed victory, securing his spot in the Games alongside Yared Nuguse and Hobbs Kessler.

Furthermore, Elle St Pierre set a meet record while persevering against Elise Cranny during a fierce battle in the women's 5,000m race. Karissa Schweizer finished third in this exhilarating competition.

The US Olympic trials will resume on Thursday with much anticipation, as 100m winners Noah Lyles and Sha'Carri Richardson are expected to participate in the opening heats of the men's and women's 200m events, adding even more excitement to the track and field trials.

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