Olympic trials, Thursday 7/7

200 qualifying: Advance 21 to 3 semis, top 3 each heat + next 3 fastest

Jarrion Lawson just won his preliminary heat in the 200. Kenzo Cotton was last in his heat, but his time is borderline. To make it to the semis, he will have to qualify on time.

Tyson Gay and Wallace Spearmon were in the same heat. They both qualified (second and third).

Kenzo Cotton made it, even though he came in sixth in his heat. Everyone in that heat qualified, as it was the fastest of the night.

Kenzie Cotton did get lucky. There was a tailwind of 3.3 when his hear was run, making all times fast. Most of the other heats were run with a wind of less than 1.0.

That is one problem with Track&Field. The wind can mess up the order in which atheletes finish. For example, Jarrion Lawson came in 2nd to Jeff Henderson in Long Jump only because Henderson had a tailwind way above the legal limit of 2.0 whereas tailwind for Lawson was well below the 2.0. The only good thing out of that was that Lawson’s jump is judged as the world best this year and Henderson’s jump is not recognized in world and national rankings.

That is very true, PJ. At least the dashes have equal competition in the finals, but the horizontal jumps do not.

Jessica finished 12th in 9:45:42 and thus did not make the US team. The winning time was 9:17:48.

Dorian Ulrey finished sixth in his heat in 3:50:80 and qualified for the semis.

Duncan Phillips finished 9th in his heat in 3:45:05 and qualified for semis.

Top six in each heat plus the next fastest six qualify for semis.

Neil finished 4th in his heat in 50:86 and qualified for the semis.

It would seem rather difficult to calculate the benefit of wind in a 200 meter race on an oval track.

The wind gauge only measures the last 100 meter stretch.