April 19, 2014

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U.S. Olympic Trials: Tianna Madison advances to 200-meter finals, decides to pass on long jump

EUGENE, Ore. — Tianna Madison was faster in the 200 meters Friday than she was Thursday, she just wasn’t the fastest in the field.

But then, she didn’t need to be.

Madison, an Elyria High grad who posted the fastest 200-meter time in Thursday’s preliminaries, was second in her heat and fourth overall in the semifinals at the U.S. Olympic Trials, plenty good enough to move on to tonight’s final and keep alive her chances to make the Olympics in a second event.

Madison qualified in the 100 meters on Saturday with a second-place finish in 10.96 seconds.

The top two from three heats and plus the next two fastest times advanced to tonight’s 200 final, which is set for 9:50.

Friday she ran a 22.33 in the 200 to finish behind Jeneba Tarmoh (22.298). Madison ran a 22.57 Thursday to lead all qualifiers into the semifinals.

Sanya Richards-Ross led Friday’s qualifiers with a 22.15, while Allyson Felix (22.297) was second.

Madison, who won the world long jump title in 2005, was thinking about trying to qualify in that event, as well, but decided against it because there was less than a half hour between the 200 semifinals and the start of the long jump.

Madison, who declined to speak to reporters Friday night, just as she did after her Olympic-qualifying performance Saturday in the 100, did text The Plain Dealer about her decision not to compete in the long jump, according to cleveland.com, saying: “(This) is very technical. Due to this, I think there is too much risk of injury. I’m really going to focus on the 200. Am I disappointed? No. Life throws us all kind of challenges. I’ll be back in the long jump soon.”