Richards-Ross finishes fifth in Olympic 200m
Aug. 8, 2012
LONDON – Texas Ex Sanya Richards-Ross ran in her second Olympic final on Wednesday, finishing fifth in a stacked 200m with a time of 22.39 after winning the 400m gold on Sunday.
“It was an amazing opportunity to compete in two events," said Richards-Ross. "The more I try it, the more I will get used to it. I really wanted to grab a medal tonight. It was a tough field. These ladies are quick. The double is very challenging. The tough part is no days off and a heavy fatigue factor. It is tough to prepare for.”
Richards-Ross, competing in the Olympic 200m for the first time in her career, entered the final with the top qualifying time in both the first and semifinal rounds. She also owns the events’ third-fastest mark in the world this year (22.09), beaten only by USA teammate Allyson Felix at the U.S. Olympic Trials (21.69) and in today’s final heat (21.88).
Felix’s time earned her the gold medal, with Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce taking the silver in 22.09. Team USA’s Carmelita Jeter (22.14) grabbed the bronze medal. Reigning two-time Olympic 200m gold medalist Veronica Campbell-Brown (Jamaica) came in fourth in 23.38, just one-hundredth of a second ahead of Richards-Ross.
In qualifying for the 200m final, Richards-Ross became the first woman since Cathy Freeman (Australia) in 2000 to advance to Olympic finals in both the 400m and 200m. She is only the third woman to accomplish the feat all-time, joining American Valerie Brisco-Hooks, who did so in 1984.
Richards-Ross’ Olympic journey is not finished as she will compete in the 4x400m relay, beginning with first round heats on Friday, Aug. 10. Finals for the event will be contested on Aug. 11.
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Wednesday, August 8
Women’s 200m Final
1. Allyson Felix (USA) – 21.88
2. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (Jamaica) – 22.09
3. Carmelita Jeter (USA) – 22.14
4. Veronica Campbell-Brown (Jamaica) – 22.38
5. Sanya Richards-Ross (USA) – 22.39
6. Murielle Ahoure (Ivory Coast) – 22.57
7. Myriam Soumare (France) – 22.63
8. Semoy Hackett (Trinidad and Tobago) – 22.87
Thursday, August 9