Sanya edges Shelly in 200m semi final

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Double Olympic 100m-champion Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce was a close second to American Sanya Richards Ross in the 200m semi final.

Richards-Ross ran 22.30 to nip Fraser-Pryce (22.34) on the line. Both are through to the final at 3:00pm tomorrow.

Richards said she has been enjoying the Olympic Games and is feeling no pressure.

"I am happy and having a good time. I already have a gold medal so I am out here having fun and hope to get a medal. It has been my dream to be announced as Olympic champion."

"I wanted top four so as not to get a bad lane (for the final). I'm not trying to send any messages, my coach (Clyde HART) told me to be patient. I am happy I got the win - I feel pretty good. I've been physically and mentally preparing for this. I feel no pressure, it's a lot of fun for me."

She told reporters that she is confident and plans to give it her all in the finals tomorrow.

"I really want to grab a medal tomorrow but, either way, I'm still an Olympic champion. I know I'm the strongest in the field, so I'm going to give it all I've got in the home stretch."

Russia’s Aleksandra Fedoriva was third in 22.65.

Rank Lane Athlete Reac. T Time
1 4 RICHARDS-ROSS Sanya 0.191 22.3 Q
2 3 FRASER-PRYCE Shelly-Ann 0.164 22.34 Q
3 5 FEDORIVA Aleksandra 0.191 22.65
4 8 STUY Hrystyna 0.169 22.76
5 2 SELVON Kai 0.177 23.04
6 6 OYEPITAN Abiodun 0.148 23.14
7 1 EMMANUEL Crystal 0.177 23.28
8 7 REDHEAD Janelle 0.168 23.51



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