Allyson Felix wins 200, a meet record at U.S. track trials

Allyson Felix celebrates her first place finish in

Allyson Felix celebrates her first place finish in the women's 200 meters at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials. (June 30, 2012) (Credit: AP)

EUGENE, Ore. -- Allyson Felix won the women's 200 meters Sunday at the U.S. track and field trials in 21.69 seconds, a meet record and personal best.

Felix will be joined on the Olympic team for London by runner-up Carmelita Jeter, who finished in 22.11, and Santa Richards-Ross, third in 22.22.

Still unresolved is the third-place tie last weekend in the women's 100 between Felix and Jeneba Tarmoh.



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Bobby Kersee, coach of both women, said he wanted to wait until after the 200 to decide how to break the tie, either by a runoff, coin flip, or if one athlete concedes. A decision was expected either late Saturday night or this morning, the final day of the trials at Hayward Field.

Tarmoh finished fifth in the 200.

In the men's 110-meter hurdles, Aries Merritt posted the best time in the world this year, winning in 12.93 seconds for a place on the Olympic team.

Jason Richardson, the reigning world champion, was second in 12.98 and Jeffrey Porter finished third in 13.08 to round out the team for the London Games. David Oliver, the bronze medalist in Beijing, finished fifth.

Liu Xiang of China ran the hurdles in 12.97 seconds in May, the fastest time before Merritt's finish at Hayward Field Saturday.

Hyleas Fountain won her fifth national title in the heptathlon, finishing with 6,419 points for a place on the Olympic team.

Sharon Day was second with 6,343 points and Chante McMillan finished third with 6,188 for the other two spots on the team going to the London Games.

Fountain won the silver medal in Beijing, becoming only the second American woman to earn an Olympic medal in the event after Jackie Joyner-Kersee.

In the women's high jump, Chaunte Lowe earned her fifth national outdoor title and a spot on the Olympic team, clearing 6 feet, 7 inches. Brigetta Barrett finished second after successfully clearing 6-7, also a personal best, and veteran Amy Acuff was third with a jump of 6-43/4 for the other two spots on the team for the London Games.

It will be Acuff's fifth Olympics.

Lowe broke the meet record of 6-61/2 set by Louise Ritter in 1988.

Reigning world champion Christian Taylor won the triple jump with a leap of 57 feet, 101/4 inches for a place on the Olympic team.

Former Florida teammate Will Claye, who finished third at the world championships last year, also earned a spot on the team as the runner-up at 57-7.

Walter Davis finished third with a jump of 54-91/4, but fell short of the Olympic "A" standard of 56-51/4 needed to compete in the London Games.

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