The Latest: Richardson breezes to win in 100 meters
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — The latest on U.S. Track and Field Olympic trials (all times PDT):
Sha’Carri Richardson breezed to a win in the 100 meters at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials to secure her spot at the Tokyo Games.
Richardson, with her long hair colored orange, finished in a time of 10.86 seconds. Javianne Oliver was runner-up in 10.99 and Teahna Daniels took third in 11.03.
The 21-year-old Richardson is big on hair color, just like two-time Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica. Richardson also draws inspiration from the late Florence Griffith Joyner, which is a reason why she wears her nails so long.
The favorite entering the meet, Richardson is now on a list of American champions that includes world-record holder Griffith Joyner.
Valarie Allman won the discus at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials and earned a spot at the Tokyo Games.
Allman’s winning throw was 229 feet, 5 inches (69.92 meters). Micaela Hazlewood was second and Rachel Dincoff finished third. Allman and Dincoff currently have the Olympic standard.
In the preliminaries of the event, Allman, the American record holder, set the meet record with her throw of 229-8 (70.01).
Garrett Scantling leads the decathlon after five events at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials.
Scantling had 4,494 points — 70 more than Kyle Garland of Georgia. Zach Ziemek finished the first day in third.
At the 2016 Olympic trials, Scantling wound up in fourth place. He retired before returning for another shot. Scantling got off to a good start with a personal- best 10.53 seconds in the 100 meters.
The final events Sunday include the 110 hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin and 1,500.
Scantling and Harrison Williams are currently the only ones in the competition with the Olympic standard mark. Williams finished the first day in sixth.
Six more trips to Tokyo are up for grabs on Day 2 of U.S. track and field Olympic trials.
Sha’Carri Richardson is the one to watch in the women’s 100. Valarie Allman comes into women’s discus finals following a meet record in qualifying.
Saturday also marks the opening day of the decathlon, and the men’s 100-meter preliminaries. In those races, Noah Lyles faces a deep field as he tries to earn one of the three spots and keep alive his quest for the 100-200 double in Tokyo.
On Day 1 of the trials, Ryan Crouser broke a 31-year-old shot put world record in the finals. It sets up what could be one of the best showdowns in track and field: Crouser, the defending Olympic champion, versus Joe Kovacs, the defending world champion, who finished second in Friday’s event.
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