The contenders for the Women’s 200m finals were decided on Tuesday night when the world’s fastest women went head to head once again in Eugene, Oregon.
Niger’s Aminatou Seyni ended Monday night’s semi-finals qualifying heats with the fastest time overall and a new National Record of 21.98 seconds, tonight she placed second behind Shericka Jackson in the semi-final 1. Jackson controlled her race, effortlessly pulling ahead of the other runners and creating enough distance between her and the other competitors that she could afford to ease up before reaching the finish line finishing with 21.67 seconds.
Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson-Herah finished third in heat 2 on Monday and nearly missed out on the 200m finals by a hundredth of a second when the UK’s Asher-Smith took second place with 21.96. Thompson-Herah’s time of 21.97 was, however, fast enough for her to nab one of two non-automatic spots to the finals.
America’s Abby Steiner and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce both tied for the third fastest time on Monday with 22.26 and the pair went up against each other in tonight’s third semi-finals. Steiner who is the second fastest woman in the world this year with a personal best of 21.77, found it difficult to keep up with Fraser-Pryce’s pace and finished second with a time of 22.15 seconds.
Five-time World Champion Fraser-Pryce closed the Women’s 200m semis, clocking in ahead of her rivals at 21.82 seconds.
Watch the races below.