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Brenda Martinez, Allyson Felix advance at world track championships
Brenda Martinez, Allyson Felix advance at world track championships

Brenda Martinez of Rancho Cucamonga recorded the fastest opening time ever by an American woman in the first round of the 800 meters at the track and field world championships, winning her heat at Moscow’s Luzhniki Olympic Stadium. No U.S. woman has ever won a medal in the 800 at the world championships, but Martinez and five-time U.S. champion Alysia Johnson Montano of Canyon Country are considered contenders. Competing Thursday morning Moscow time — which was late Wednesday Pacific time -- Martinez won her heat in 1 minute, 59.39 seconds, the fastest qualifying time. Montano won her heat in 1:59.47. Nineteen-year-old Ajee Wilson of New Jersey, a former world junior champion...

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