All eyes on Sydney McLaughlin in 400-meter hurdles

Now it's her schedule that needs adjusting.

"Someone once told me that you need to have three gears over the last 200 meters: one to go, another to go and one to maintain", Blankenship says. I'm just grateful with everything that has happened I'm still able to make the team. Felix qualified last weekend for the 400, but had been dealing with a sore right ankle and could not make it in her signature event. "I was praying and hoping I would feel good".

In track parlance, a sprinter doesn't necessarily have to be "fast" to succeed in the 400 - a full lap around the track in which technique is more important than pure speed.

"Through 800 meters, I was still optimistic, but I was struggling when I tried to change gears and go with the pack when everyone started ramping it up", Grunewald said. After winning her heat in the semifinals during a steady drizzle, she said, "The rain messed up my hair, but that's OK".

Simpson finished first (4:04.74), Rowbury took second (4:05.39), and Martinez (4:06.16) dove at the finish line to grab the third and final spot on the team, inches ahead of Amanda Eccleston (4:06.19). Afterward, she was scraped-up but smiling.

"It wasn't something that I intentionally did, but I'm happy that it happened because it got me here", Prandini said. "But it got the job done".

One of Felix's biggest fans made news earlier in the day: 16-year-old Sydney McLaughlin became the youngest member of the U.S. Olympic track team since 1972 when she finished third in the 400 hurdles. These kind of races you've got to be engaged the whole time.

Felix just wishes her ankle would've allowed her more time to work on the curve of the 200, the spot where this race could be won or lost.

And with the U.S. being the strongest team in Rio, would it be possible that the next five women Karolyi might have picked - the fifth through 10th best Americans - could still win a medal in Brazil?

Matching the team's usual lofty win totals is far from guaranteed next month when the world's best athletes descend on Rio de Janeiro. "That's why she made the team even with the mistakes she had in the competition". I think it's going to be good.

Douglas blew into each hand before grabbing the wood to begin a routine that could determine her chances of reaching the Rio Games.

She said she planned to celebrate by eating a cheeseburger and sweet potato fries.

Officials with USA Track and Field were finalizing the roster Sunday night and determining which sprinters would be added for the Olympic relays.

Watson did make the Olympics games this past week, finishing second in the 400m hurdles event at the Canadian Olympic Track and Field Trials. "It doesn't get any easier when you get older", she said in an on-track interview. "I am just here for fun".

It will feature 77 athletes who will be competing in a Summer Games for the first time. No wardrobe malfunction this time. She had only competed in two meets since winning gold at the world indoor championships, often scratching at the last minute at several events. "I had my heart set on the 10 this year".

"I was in the lead already, so there was not much pressure", Nwaba said.

Matt Centrowitz ended the 10-day meet with a trials-record time of 3:34.09 in the men's 1,500. He won silver in Beijing and finished eighth in London.

Gabby Douglas will have about a month to rebuild her shaken confidence ahead of the Rio Summer Games after she was gifted a spot on the US team following a disappointing display at the USA team trials. "I mean, the speed just wasn't there today".

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