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Felix dominant in winning 200 meters

The Associated Press
Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 07:26 PM
SAN JOSE, Calif. -

Allyson Felix won the women's 200 meters at the U.S. track trials on Saturday night 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 Sanya Richards-Ross, third in 22.22.

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

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 later Saturday night or this morning, the final day of the trials.

In other finals Saturday:

Gymnastics: Leyva, Orozco earn berths

Danell Leyva has gone from Cuban refugee to Olympian.

Leyva clinched an automatic spot on the U.S. Olympic team Saturday, almost 20 years after fleeing Cuba with his mother and sister. As he climbed off the podium after his last event, his stepfather and coach, Yin Alvarez, bowed to him several times, and Leyva responded by picking him up in a bearhug. Leyva's mother then joined the two, and the family embraced.

Not a bad way to say thanks to their adoptive country.

"It's very surreal," Leyva said. "Super unbelievable."

Leyva edged teammate John Orozco by almost a point in an entertaining game of "Can you top this?" Because both finished in the top three in at least three events, they automatically qualified for the Olympic team. The remaining three members will be chosen by a selection committee, and the team will be announced today.

One of those spots is almost certain to go to Jonathon Horton, a double medalist at the Beijing Olympics and the backbone of the U.S. squad. The other two spots are up for grabs after Samuel Mikulak, who began Saturday in third place in the combined standings from nationals and the first day of trials, was only able to compete on pommel horse after spraining his ankle Thursday.

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