Gardner blasts (slightly) wind-aided 10.74 to advance to Trials 100 final!!!!!

458cd238-bc5b-4c52-adbd-b3dd71eeae20Eastern Regional High School graduate English Gardner, the 15th-fastest sprinter in the history of the world, moved to within one step of making her first Olympic team Sunday when she ran a wind-aided 10.74 and won the third of three semifinals at the U.S. Olympic Track Trials at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.

It’s the fastest she’s ever run under any conditions.

The top two placers in the three races, plus the next-two fastest finishers, advanced to the final, scheduled for 8:44 p.m. Sunday. The top three will qualify to run the 100 at the Rio Olympics in Brazil in August.

To follow the results of the final in real time tonight, click here.

Gardner, who has a wind-legal PR of 10.79 and a season-best of 10.81, ranks fourth in the world this year and No. 2 among Americans, 1-100th of a second behind Tori Bowie, a former NCAA long jump champion. Bowie ran 10.74 to win the first heat Sunday.

All three semis were wind-aided. The first race was assisted with a 3.1 meters-per-second wind, the second at 4.5 and the third at 2.5. So Gardner got the least assistance but tied Bowie for the fastest time.

Although we don’t have lane assignments just yet, here are the eight finalists along with first their time in Sunday’s semifinals followed by their wind-legal PR:

10.74w / 10.79 … English Gardner
10.74w / 10.80 … Tori Bowie
10.79w / 10.85 … Tianna Bartoletta
10.86w / 10.92 … Jenna Prandini
10.97w / 11.01 … Ariana Washington
10.97w / 11.04 … Morolake Akinosun
11.01w / 10.85 … Barbara Pierre
11.03w / 11.08 … Tiffany Townsend

Here is the all-time wind-legal Olympic Trials performance list through Sunday’s first round:

10.49 Florence Griffith-Joyner, 1988 [q]
10.61 Griffith-Joyner, 1988 [1]
10.70 Griffith-Joyner, 1988 [s]
10.78 Torri Edwards, 2008 [s]
10.81 Evelyn Ashford, 1988 [2]
10.82 Gwen Torrence, 1996 [1]
10.83 Sheila Echols, 1988 [q]
10.85 Ashford, 1988 [s]
10.85 Muna Lee, 2008 [1]
10.88 Diane Williams, 1988 [q]
10.88 Marion Jones, 2000 [1]
10.90 Edwards, 2008 [2]
10.90 Lauryn Williams, 2008 [3]
10.91 Torrence, 1988 [3]
10.91 Gail Devers, 1996 [2]
10.92 Alice Brown, 1988 [q]
10.92 D’Andre Hill, 1996 [3]
10.92 Carmelita Jeter, 2012 [1]
10.93 Marshevet Hooker, 2008 [4]
10.96 Chryste Gaines, 1996 [q]
10.96 Inger Miller, 1996 [4]
10.96 Allyson Felix, 2008 [5]
10.96 Tianna Madison, 2012 [2]
10.96 Madison, 2012 [s]
10.97 Jeter, 2008 [s]
10.97 Michelle Lewis, 2008 [s]
10.97 Latasha Colander, 2004 [1]

The first two rounds of the women’s Olympic 100 in Rio are scheduled for Aug. 12, with the semis and finals following on Aug. 13.

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