Hastings fails to fire at Olympic trials

Natasha Hastings, left, and Keshia Baker compete in

Natasha Hastings, left, and Keshia Baker compete in the women's 400m preliminary at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials . (June 22, 2012) (Credit: AP)

EUGENE, Ore. -- Natasha Hastings has no idea if she'll be going to the London Olympic Games. A disappointing seventh-place finish in the women's Olympic trials 400 meters Sunday has put her Olympic aspirations on hold.

As the race went to Floridian Sanya Richards-Ross in a world-leading 49.28 seconds, over Georgian DeeDee Trotter (50.02) and Virginian Francena McCorory (50.43), Hastings slipped to seventh in 51.28. She's run a lap as fast as 50.72 this year -- May 12 in Ponce, Puerto Rico -- but couldn't match that here.

When it was over, she wasn't talking about it, either, striding right past reporters in for the mixed zone adjacent to the stadium. It surely wasn't the script this Brooklyn-reared, Manhattan-schooled, South Carolina-trained runner planned.



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She'd made the 2008 Olympic team as a 4 x 400 relay team runner, after a fifth-place finish in the trials. Hastings had breezed through the first round of the trials with a 51.86 Friday and claimed her spot in the final with a 51.28 run Saturday. Hastings will mark her 26th birthday July 28. But she has no idea if the party will be held "across the pond" or a lot closer to home.

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