English Gardner fell just short in her bid to make the U.S. Olympic team in the 100-meter dash.
Gardner, an Eastern Regional graduate and 2016 Olympic gold medalist, ran her fastest time in five years with a 10.96 earlier Saturday at the U.S. Olympic Trials before placing sixth in the final in 11.16 into a 1.0 meters-per-second wind.
Gardner, who set her PR of 10.74 – No. 9 in world history – at the 2016 Trials on the same Hayward Field track in Eugene, Ore., finished just 13-100ths of a second out of third place.
It will be up to the U.S. coaching staff to decide whether to include Gardner in the relay pool. Based on her long, distinguished career, years of international experience and success and steady progression this spring and summer since a difficult battle with COVID, she certainly has the resume to be considered.
Rob Moseley of Go Ducks shared some comments from Gardner from after the 100 final: