Pleasantville’s Nia Ali matches fastest 100HH time in 3 years, advances to semifinals at USATF Championships!!!!!

Pleasantville’s Nia Ali matched her season-best time and advanced to the semifinals of the 100-meter hurdles Friday at the USATF Championships in Eugene.

Ali placed 2nd in the 2nd of three heats in 12.59, the 5th-fastest time overall at Hayward Field. The top four finishers in each of the three hearts plus the next four-fastest times qualified for the semifinals on Saturday evening.

Ali, the 2016 Olympic silver medalist, also ran 12.59 in a meet in Gainesville in April. She did not race outdoors in 2020 or at all in 2021 as she had a baby, so the 12.59 matches her fastest time since she ran a lifetime best 12.34 to win the 2019 World Championships in Doha, Qatar.

Ali races in the semifinal at 4:04 p.m. Saturday. The top three finishers in each of two heats plus the next two-fastest advance to the final, which follows at 5:41 p.m.

Ali will be in lane 6 in the first of the two semis. She had the 2nd-fastest time in the trials among the women in her semifinal. Alaysha Johnson, who ran 12.40 Friday, will be in lane 4.

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