Kerron Clement, the Olympic gold medalist in the 400m hurdles in Rio, and Nia Ali, the reigning world champion in the 100m hurdles, are among the youngest global medalists not to have competed in the US Olympic athletics tests The deadline was Tuesday evening for the meeting in Eugene, Oregon, which starts next week. The most notable athletes who are not on the current entry lists (and will probably not be added due to the expired deadline):
Clement: The 2016 Olympic champion and 2007 and 2009 world champion in the 400 m hurdles last competed on 23. July 2020 and last ran over 400 m hurdles at the USATF Outdoor Championships 2019 and finished eighth. Clement does not have the automatic qualification time for Olympic Trials (49.50 since 01.01.2019).
Ali: The 2016 Olympic runner-up and 2019 world champion in the 100-meter hurdles last started on July 29, 2020. Most recently, she ran over the 100-meter hurdles at the 2019 World Championships, where she lowered her personal best in the semifinals and finals. Ali, who won Olympic silver in Rio a year after the birth of her son Titus, won her first world title a year after the birth of her daughter Yuri. In April of this year, her partner, Canadian sprinter Andre De Grasse, said he and Ali were expecting a baby in May, according to the Canadian Press.
Aries Merritt: 2012 Olympic champion and world record holder in the 110m hurdles. In 2015 he won world bronze with a kidney function of less than 20 percent. After returning home, he underwent a transplant and received a kidney from Sister LaToya. Ten months later, Merritt missed the Rio Olympic team by 0.01 in the Trials. Merritt has raced four times since early 2019 and failed to make the automatic qualifying time for trials. He said in April 2020 that Tokyo would be his last Olympic bid.
Tori Bowie: Was converted from the long jump in 2014 and won a sprint medal of all colors in Rio. Then she won the 100m at the 2017 World Cup. Bowie added the long jump again and finished fourth at the 2019 Worlds. This spring she sprinted strictly with a best time of 11.36 seconds (wind-assisted) over 100 m and only drove on May 30.
Tyson Gay: The best sprinter in the world before Usain Bolt got up. Gay swept the 100m, 200m and 4x100m at the 2007 World Championships. He has since been set back from injuries and was banned from doping for a year in 2013, for which Gay and his teammates were stripped of their 2012 Olympic 4x100m silver medals. In 2016, Gay appeared to be winning his first Olympic medal, a 4 x 100m bronze, but the US was disqualified from the zone minutes after the final for a baton change. Now 38, Gay’s best 100-meter mark since the beginning of 2019 was 10:36 a.m., well outside the automatic qualifying time for the trials of 10:05 a.m. Gay said in an interview published in February that he had planned for 2020 to be his last Olympic bid before the postponement of a year.
Kori Carter: Recovered from taking the 2016 Olympic 400m hurdles team Missed a point to win the 2017 world title. Carter switched to the 100 meter hurdles for 2018 and finished sixth in the national championships. She most recently finished a 400-meter hurdle race in July 2019.
Other celebrities participated in Olympic trials with no automatic qualification standards for their events, but could be included in the fields by early next week. These include the 2008 400 m Olympic champion, LaShawn Merritt, the Olympic bronze medalist in the 2016 100 m hurdles, Kristi Castlin and Chaunte Lowe, who was upgraded from sixth place to bronze in the 2008 Olympic high jump in 2017 due to doping other jumpers. Lowe returned to the competition for the first time since 2017 this year.
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