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Wariner, Gipson among area athletes advancing

Whitney Gipson competes during the women’s long jump event at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials. She qualified with the sixth best jump.
Whitney Gipson competes during the women’s long jump event at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials. She qualified with the sixth best jump. AP

Jeremy Wariner, a former Baylor and Arlington Lamar standout who won the 400 meters in the 2004 Olympics, qualified 12th fastest in the 400 in 45.88 seconds on Friday to advance to the semifinals at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials in Eugene, Ore.

Texas’ Aldrich Bailey, a former Mansfield Timberview standout, was eighth fastest in 45.73.

How other local athletes fared:

▪ Former TCU and Birdville standout Whitney Gipson was sixth with a leap of 21 feet, 10 inches in qualifying for today’s women’s long jump final. Brittney Reese, the defending Olympic champion, led qualifiers with a mark of 23 feet.

▪ Texas A&M’s Shelbi Vaughan, from Mansfield Legacy and Azle, was fourth in qualifying for today’s final of the women’s discus with a throw of 197 feet, 1 inch.

▪ TCU’s Ronnie Baker, former Frogs standout Charles Silmon and former UT Arlington standouts Clayton Vaughn and Quentin Butler are scheduled to compete in the first round of the men’s 100 today. The semifinals and finals are Sunday. TCU star Brianna McGhee will be in the 100 hurdles prelims Thursday night.

Richards-Ross out

U.S. sprint star Allyson Felix blocked out pain in her right ankle and cruised in the 400-meter qualifying round, second fastest, to keep her chance at a 200-400 double alive.

Austin resident and former Texas star Sanya Richards-Ross, however, bid a tearful adieu to the fans, after pulling up at 250 meters because of a tight hamstring.

She has four Olympic gold medals, including the 400 title in the 2012 Olympics.

Bolt uncertain

Usain Bolt’s Olympic quest is in doubt, after the sprint superstar left the Jamaican national championships with a hamstring injury shortly before he was going to run the 100-meter final. Yohan Blake won the 100 title and formally qualified for the Olympics.

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