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Hooker Joins Elite Company, Reaching 100 Semis

The Associated Press
Published:   |   Updated: May 23, 2013 at 06:08 AM
EUGENE, Ore. -

EUGENE, Ore. - With one brilliant burst, Marshevet Hooker put her name alongside those of Florence Griffith-Joyner, Marion Jones and Evelyn Ashford.

Hooker ran a wind-aided 10.76 seconds to win her 100-meter quarterfinal Friday at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials, tying her with former world record-holder Ashford as the fifth-fastest woman in all conditions.

"I heard the time first," said Hooker, an NCAA champion at Texas. "I was like, 'Wow!'"

Then, though, she heard the wind speed: 3.4 meters per second, above the 2.0 that's allowed for a time to count as a personal best or official record.

Still, only world-record holder Griffith-Joyner, Jones, Christine Arron and Merlene Ottey ever have run faster, regardless of wind. That impressed the other women in what's considered a talented field, with more than a half-dozen legitimate contenders for the three 100 berths on the Beijing Games roster.

"She was fast. Real fast," said Torri Edwards, the 2003 world champion in the 100. "I hope she's tired."

Edwards won her heat in a wind-aided 10.85, while Carmelita Jeter advanced by winning her heat in 10.97. Allyson Felix, hoping to compete in four events in China, was second to Jeter in 10.98, and 2004 Olympic silver medalist Lauryn Williams finished behind Hooker in 10.86.

Hooker also had the fastest time of the opening round Friday, a wind-aided 10.94.

One woman who did not make it out of the 100 quarterfinals was Chryste Gaines, who clocked 11.15 in the first round but finished seventh in her next race.

Gaines, a two-time Olympic relay medalist, was banned for two years in December 2005, along with former men's 100 world record-holder Tim Montgomery.

In the very first event of the 10-day meet, Hyleas Fountain broke Jackie Joyner-Kersee's decade-old U.S. record in the heptathlon 100 hurdles.

Fountain finished in 12.65, eclipsing Joyner-Kersee's mark of 12.69. Fountain also bested Joyner-Kersee's Olympic trials record of 12.71 from 1988, and Joyner-Kersee's U.S. national championship record of 12.77 from 1991.

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