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.