For the second time in this years Olympics, a women’s track and field event has been overshadowed by the surrounding controversy. Yesterday, the women’s relay team dropped the baton during a qualifier and managed to plead their way into a re-run.
The relay team was granted a re-run by the IAAF, track and field’s governing body on the basis of runners interference. After officials reviewed the video, it was determined a runner in the lane next to the U.S.’s Allyson Felix through an elbow at her, which hit the same arm that carried the baton.
Ultimately the U.S. team got another chance to run a race, which meant they would race against time on an empty track. The team ended up with a time of 42.70, effectively punching their ticket to the finals.
For individual events Kate Grace advanced to the finals in the women’s 800m race. This is Grace’s first Olympics, and she also set a new personal best in the race with a time of 1:58.79. Ajee Wilson failed to qualify for the finals in the same event.
- Adeline Gray lost in the 75kg (165 pounds) wrestling event.
- Stacy Lewis finished 1st in Round two of the women’s golf tournament. She also managed to break a course record finishing 8-under par.
- Helen Maroullis won a gold medal in the women’s 53kg (116 pound) wrestling event.
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What (and who) were watching today through the weekend:
- Women’s 4x100m relay final - today
- Claressa Shields 75kg (165 pounds) - today
- Vashti Cunningham, Chaunté Lowe, Inika McPherson women’s high jump final. - Saturday