ENGLISH GARDNER RUNS FASTEST TIME IN 5 YEARS, REACHES 100 FINAL AT OLYMPIC TRIALS!!!!!

English Gardner ran 10.96 – her first time under 11 seconds in five years – and advanced to the finals of the 100-meter dash at the U.S. Olympic Trials.

Gardner, who advanced to the semifinals with an 11.17 in Friday’s qualifying rounds, placed third in the second of two semifinal races, advancing automatically to the final later Saturday at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.

The top three in each heat plus the next four-fastest will race in the final at 10:51 p.m. EST, with the top three finishers making the U.S. Olympic team.

Gardner’s 10.96 makes her the 5th-fastest qualifier for the final but only 13-100ths of a second out of the No. 2 spot.

Her time is No. 13 in the world this year.

The last time Gardner ran sub-11 was at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, where she placed seventh in the finals in 10.94. She ran a lifetime-best 10.74 earlier that summer when she won the 100 at the Olympic Trials on the same Hayward Field track in 10.74, 9th-fastest in world history. She won a Gold Medal as part of the U.S. 400-meter relay team in Rio.

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