Solomon & Felix Advance To Olympic Finals; Brown to Semifinal
Aug. 7, 2012
Duane Solomon in the men's 800m and Allyson Felix in the women's 200m advanced to finals, Aaron Brown advanced to the men's 200m semifinals and Jesse Williams tied for ninth in the men's high jump at the 2012 London Olympics today (Aug. 7).
Solomon (2005-08) placed third in his semifinal heat of the men's 800m race with a time of 1:44.93 to capture the eighth and final spot in the final on Aug. 9 at 12 p.m. The top two from each semifinal heat advanced automatically and then the next two best times from the field advanced to the finals and the Americans Solomon and Nick Symmonds took those positions. All eight of the finalists posted times between 1:44.34 and 1:44.93, just .59 seconds separating the field.
Felix (2003-07) won her women's 200m semifinal heat easily with a time of 22.31 to automatically advance to tomorrow's final at 1 p.m.. Felix's time was the second-fastest qualifier, but the top five finalists all were within .09 seconds. Felix won the silver medal in the 200m dash at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics.
Aaron Brown, who just completed his sophomore season at USC, advanced to the semifinals in the men's 200m dash today by placing third in his heat with a time of 20.55 to automatically advance. He went from sixth to third in the final 70 meters to secure his spot in the semifinals on Aug. 8 at 12:10 p.m.. Brown's time matched his personal best and was the 12th-fastest among the qualifiers. Brown was the 2012 Pac-12 champion in the 100m dash and an All-American in the 200m race at the NCAA Championships.
Jesse Williams (2004-06), the reigning world champion in the high jump, struggled in the rain today and tied for ninth in the men's high jump with a clearance of 7-4.50 (2.25m). He was one of nine competitors clear through that height, but then he missed on all three attempts at the next bar which was at 7-6 (2.29m). Williams has a personal best of 7-9.25 (2.37m) and only three of the competitors had cleared that height in their careers entering the 2012 Olympics. Ivan Ukhov of Russia won the gold medal with a clearance of 7-9.75, while American Erik Kynard took silver with a clearance of 7-6.