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Brianna Rollins leaps to first place in 100-meter hurdles at U.S. trials

Brianna Rollins leaps to first place in 100-meter hurdles at U.S. trials

If anyone needed a reminder of how capricious hurdles races can be, two-time Olympic 100-meter hurdles medalist Dawn Harper Nelson was eliminated in the semifinals and American record holder Keni Harrison finished sixth in the final Friday at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials.

Brianna Rollins won an Olympic berth to Rio by winning the final in 12.34 seconds, the second-fastest time in the world in 2016. She will be joined by Kristi Castlin (12.50) and by Nia Ali (12.55), who won the NCAA title for USC in 2011.

Who missed the final was more surprising than the outcome. Harper Nelson was in shock after sloppy technique left her third in her heat with a time of 13.01,...

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