Aug. 6, 2012
LONDON – Kai Selvon’s first Olympic race was a memorable one as the junior from Trinidad and Tobago posted a wind-legal personal best on Monday to advance to the semifinals of the women’s 200 meters in London at Olympic Stadium.
Selvon finished fourth in the fourth heat, but her mark of 22.85 established a new PR. The time was also the fastest non-automatic qualifier and faster than five auto marks. Selvon previously ran 22.66 with a non-legal wind of 2.2 meters per second in the preliminary round at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Des Moines, Iowa in June.
Her mark was the 15th fastest overall in the opening round.
The top three finishers in each of Monday’s six heats automatically advanced to the semifinals along with the next six fastest times. The semis are scheduled for 2:25 p.m. on Tuesday.
Also in action on Tuesday are Auburn alumni and 2008 bronze medalist Leevan Sands (Bahamas) in the men’s triple jump along with Auburn alumni, cousin and fellow countryman Shamar Sands in the men’s 110-meter hurdles. Both will compete in the morning session beginning at 4:10 a.m. CT.