Sanya Richards-Ross stepped over a puddle, ran hard for a few more steps, then jogged to the finish line for an easy win in Eugene, Ore.
The routine result Friday at the rain-drenched Olympic trials left one of America's biggest track stars with nothing to complain about.
Richards-Ross ran her qualifying heat in the 400 meters in 51.69 seconds, winning by 0.55 seconds even though she jogged to the finish.
Minutes earlier on the rain-slickened track, defending Olympic gold medalist LaShawn Merritt sidestepped a runner who fell in the lane next to him and finished in 45.36 seconds, the best time in the men's heats.
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Mansfield Timberview grad Aldrich Bailey, who ran 45.19 at April's Class 5A regional meet in Lubbock, was third in the heat at 45.59, fifth-best of the 16 to advance to today's semifinals.
Jeremy Wariner, the 2004 Olympic champion from Arlington Lamar, also advanced to the semis, though his race wasn't such a breeze. He finished third in his heat in a time of 45.84.
David Neville, the 2008 Olympic bronze medalist, finished last in his heat and won't go to London unless he is chosen for the relay team.
In the men's 800 meters, Khadevis Robinson, a graduate of Trimble Tech and TCU, won his heat in 1:47.30 and advanced to the semifinals.
Mansfield Legacy grad Shelbi Vaughan qualified for the women's discus finals with the fourth-best throw, hitting 193 feet, 9 inches on her third effort.