Des Moines, IA (Sporting Alert) — Jeremy Wariner’s decline over the 400m hit another low at the U.S. Track and Field Trials on Thursday after he finished last in his heat and posted the slowest time of all the starters.
Wariner, a 2004 Olympic Games gold medallist from Athens, Greece, had been struggling this season and he posted 48.04 seconds for last place in his heat, which was also the slowest time for the entire qualifying round.
Topping the all the heats was Tony McQuay, who clocked 45.26, while Josh Mance (45.55), LaShawn Merritt (45.81) and Michael Berry (45.58).
Meanwhile, Justin Gatlin (10.37), Tyson Gay (10.28), Walter Dix (10.30) and Jeff Demps (10.19) all made it to the semi-final of the men’s 100m dash, while Dentarius Locke of Florida State ran the quickest time of the rounds, along with Demps, at 10.19.
On the women’s side, with defending world champion Carmelita Jeter scratching, Barbara Pierre ran 11.18secs to lead all qualifiers into the semi-finals.
NCAA star Octavious Freeman of University of Central Florida ran 11.25 to also book her place, with Jessica Young (11.30), NCAA champion English Gardner (11.47) and Muna Lee (11.35) also going through.
In the women’s 1500m heats, 17-year-old Mary Cain looked very easy when running 4:11.48 to finish behind Treniere Moser (4:11.20) in the first heat.
Kerri Gallagher, who will race in the women’s 10000m later on tonight also booked a place with a 4:12.58.