Erik Kynard

Allyson Felix comes up short in women's 200 meters at Olympic trials

Allyson Felix comes up short in women's 200 meters at Olympic trials

For what seemed like an eternity Sunday there was a blank spot on the Hayward Field scoreboard where the name of the third-place finisher of the women’s 200 meters should have been. Allyson Felix, laboring on a sore ankle, and a diving Jenna Prandini had reached the finish line in such a blur that no one was sure who got that third spot and a Rio Olympics berth.

A few minutes earlier, Brenda Martinez had endured similar suspense in the women’s 1,500-meter race. Martinez, who had tripped in the 800 and lost her Olympic chance at that distance, was sixth with one lap to go Sunday and made a desperate lunge for third and the last Olympic spot. To her right, Amanda Eccleston...

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