Pleasantville High School graduate Nia Ali, a former Meet of Champions winner and the Olympic silver medalist last year, placed second in the 100-meter hurdles Saturday at the USATF National Championships in Sacramento.
World record holder Kendra Harrison won in 12.60 out of lane 5 and Ali was second in 12.68 in neighboring lane 6, 2-100ths of a second ahead of Kendra Manning, third in 12.70. The final was run into a strong 1.7-meters-per-second wind.
Ali actually ran 12.52 in the second of two semifinals, No. 2 in the world this year behind only Jasmin Stowers, who ran 12.47 in the first semifinal, and only 4-100ths off her PR of 12.48, which she ran in Des Moines in 2013, and faster actually than her silver-medal time at last year’s Olympics, which was 12.59.
Harrison, Ali and Manning will make up the U.S. team that will compete in the IAAF World Championships in London Aug. 4-13. The women’s 100-meter hurdles trials and semis are scheduled for Aug. 11, with the final on Aug. 12.
Ali is a two-time world indoor champion and Olympic silver medalist, but this is the first time she’s made a U.S. team headed to the World Championships outdoors.