Sanchez, Bekric, Rodriguez, Felix All Advance To Olympic Semifinals|
Aug. 3, 2012
The track and field competition began today (Aug. 3) at the 2012 London Olympics and the Trojans got out of the blocks quickly as Felix Sanchez and Emir Bekric advanced to the semifinals in the men's 400m intermediate hurdles, Carol Rodriguez advanced to the semifinals in the women's 400m dash and Allyson Felix made it through to the semifinals in the women's 100m dash.
Sanchez (1999-2000) won the sixth and final first-round heat with a time of 49.24 to automatically advance to the semifinals. His time tied for the 11th-fastest among qualifiers. The four-time Olympian Sanchez won the gold medal in the event in 2004 and is competing for his native Dominican Republic. The semifinals will be on Saturday at 11 a.m. PT.
Bekric, an incoming sophomore competing for Serbia, placed second in his first-round heat in the 400m IH to advance to Saturday's semifinals. Bekric set a Serbian national record with a time of 49.21 to advance with the 10th-fastest time among the qualifiers.
Carol Rodriguez (2005-08) advanced out the first round in the women's 400m race by taking second in the fourth heat with a time of 52.19. Rodriguez who competes for Puerto Rico will run in Saturday's semifinals which begin at 12:05 p.m. PT.
Felix (2003-07) had a bye in the preliminary rounds of the women's 100m dash, then went 11.01 to win her heat. It was the ninth best time of the day and automatically advances her to Saturday's semifinal round, which starts at 1:35 p.m. PT. She is a three-time Olympian who has won a pair of silver medals in the 200 meters and a gold in the 1600-meter relay in the past, but is running the 100 for the first time in her Olympic career.