Team USA shines in hurdles events, falls short in shot put and discus throw

Track & Field qualifying action Monday resulted in all of the women Olympians in the 100m hurdles and 1500m advancing to the next round. Michelle Carter, however, was the only woman to advance to the shot put final. None of the men competing in discus throw advanced to the final.


  1. Nick Symmonds won the first heat in the men’s 800m in 1:45.91, sending him to the next round.  “I’m just glad it was an honest race so it strung out a bit. No pushing and shoving, it was a relatively smooth race...I felt pretty good, a little flat, but historically that means I should feel really good tomorrow,” Symmonds said in a statement.
  2. Symmonds also had this to say on Twitter:
  3. Duane Solomon (pictured below) qualified for the next round by taking heat 7 in 1:46.05. Khadevis Robinson was unable to advance, finishing fourth in 1:47.17 heat 1.
  4. Allyson FelixCarmelita Jeter and Sanya Richards-Ross all placed first in their heats in the Women's 200m.
  5. Gold medal winner Richards-Ross has been one of the more active athletes on Twitter.
  6. Allyson Felix pipes up, too.
  7. In the first round of the women’s 100m hurdles, Kellie Wells, two-time Indoor World Champion Lolo Jones (pictured below)and Dawn Harper advanced, as did Lashinda Demus in the women's 400m hurdles semi-final.
  8. “It was a comfortable race.  My heart just breaks for Brigitte (Foster Hylton.)  I felt really good.  I’m ready to go onto the next round.  I’m ready to make everyone proud,” Jones said in a statement. Foster-Hylton, the 2009 World Champion from Jamaica, is out because she clipped the fifth hurdle.