Justin Gatlin is on the road to Rio after posting the fastest time of the year — 9.8 seconds — to win U.S. Olympic Trials at 100 meters on Sunday in Eugene, Ore.
Joining Gatlin will be first-timers Trayvon Bromell (9.84) and Marvin Bracy (9.98). Bromell is a former Baylor standout.
Gatlin led qualifiers into the final with a semifinal time of 9.83. Bromell won his heat in 9.86, followed by Tyson Gay. Mike Rodgers won the day’s last semifinal in 9.98.
UT Arlington alum Clayton Vaughn finished third in the heat with Gatlin at 10.02, which was the ninth fastest time. The top two in each of three semifinal heats and the next two advanced to the finals.
Vaughn was nudged out of the finals by Jarrion Lawson and Dontarius Locke at 10.01.
TCU’s Ronnie Baker, with a time of 10.10, was third in his heat behind Bromell and Gay. UTA alum Quentin Butler (10.10) was sixth in the heat with Rodgers, Lawson and Locke.
In the women’s 100, English Gardner, Tianna Bartoletta and Tori Bowie will represent the U.S. Gardner won the trials with a personal-best time of 10.74 seconds.
Bartoletta will have a chance for medals in both the 100 and the long jump, where she qualified a day earlier.
Bowie won bronze last year at world championships in Beijing.
In the men’s 400 final, LaShawn Merritt finished in 43.97 seconds — the fastest time in the world this season – and breezed to the title. Gil Roberts finished a distant second and David Verburg third to nab the three Olympic berths for the U.S.
High jumper Chaunte Lowe made her fourth Olympic team by holding off teenager Vashti Cunningham, the daughter of longtime NFL quarterback Randall Cunningham. Inika McPherson wound up third.
That bad ankle sure didn’t slow down Allyson Felix.
Felix ran the year’s fastest time at 400 meters —49.68 seconds — to pull away for the victory. Phyllis Francis and Natasha Hastings will also be on the U.S. team.
Next, Felix gets a few days off to nurse her aching right ankle before starting qualifying for the 200 meters, her best distance. If she’s successful there, she’ll try to become the first woman to complete the 200-400 double at the Olympic Games.