After winning the 400 meter world title last summer, American Allyson Felix will look to add an Olympic gold medal in the event to her collection Monday night.
Felix was one of three Team USA runners to qualify for the final, and her time of 49.67 seconds in her semifinal heat was the best among the eight women who advances. Natasha Hastings (49.90 seconds) and Phyllis Francis (50.31 seconds) also qualified, with Hastings’ time ranking third and Francis’ ranking fifth.
Posting the second-best time in the semifinal heats was Jamaica’s Shericka Jackson, who finished in 49.93 seconds. All three medalists from last year’s World Championships will be in the final, Shaunae Miller of the Bahamas qualified with a time of 49.91 seconds. Miller took silver at the Worlds last summer, with Jackson taking bronze.
Besides the U.S., Jamaica is the only other nation with multiple competitors in the 400 final. Joining Miller is Stephanie Ann McPherson, who finished seventh among the qualifiers with a time of 50.69 seconds.