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Norman, Felix Make Olympic Team - USC Athletics

 

Kirby Lee USA TODAY Sports

Michael Norman won the U.S. men's

400m title and Allyson Felix took second

in the women's 400m final at the

2020 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team

Trials being held at Hayward Field in

Eugene, Ore. today (June 20). The

pair make the U.S. track and field team

for the 2020 Olympics which will be

held in Tokyo, Japan from July 23-Aug.

8.

Norman (USC 2018) won the men's

400m title with a season-best time of

44.07. After just being bumped from

the lead with about 90m remaining by

Michael Cherry (44.35), Norman found

another gear to pull away from Cherry

and the field to claim the title. It is Norman's

first U.S. title in the 400m and

he makes his first Olympic team. The

2020 Tokyo Olympics are being held in

the country where his mother (Nobue)

was born.

Felix (USC 2008) qualified for her

fifth Olympics by coming from behind to

take second in the women's 400m final

with a season-best time of 50.02. Kendall

Ellis (USC 2018) finished fourth

with a season-best time of 50.10, one

spot out of qualifying to represent the

U.S. in the event at the 2020 Olympics.

It was a total of 0.08 seconds separating

second from fourth. Ellis hopes

to be added to U.S.A.'s team as part

of the 4x400m relay team pool when

the official U.S. Olympic Team is announced.

when the Felix now is guaranteed

to have a chance to build on her

total of nine Olympic medals, which are

tied with Merlene Ottey (Jamaica and

Slovenia) for the most track and field

medals all-time by a woman athlete.

 

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