Gabby Thomas Wins the Women’s 200 Meters at the U.S. Olympic Trials

Jenna Prandini and Anavia Battle also made Team USA.Gabby Thomas won the women’s 200 meters at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials, running 21.61—the best time in the world this year, a new meet record, and the third-fastest time ever in the event. World record-holder Florence Griffith-Joyner (21.34 and 21.56) is the only woman in history to run faster than Thomas.

Jenna Prandini finished second in 21.89, a personal best, and Anavia Battle placed third in 21.95, also a personal best, to make Team USA heading for Tokyo this summer. Tamara Clark finished fourth in 21.98, and 10-time Olympic medalist Allyson Felix placed fifth in 22.11.

Thomas, 24, won the national title a little over a month after finding out she had a tumor in her liver. After the race, Thomas said she was worried about the possibility of having cancer while competing at the Olympic Trials. But just a couple of days before she left for Eugene, she learned the tumor was benign.

“I remember telling God, ‘If I am healthy, I am going to go out and win Trials. If this is not cancer, I will make this team,’ and that’s exactly what I did,” Thomas said.

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