EUGENE, Ore. — Once doesn’t look like enough for Tianna Madison.
The Elyria High grad, who has already qualified for the Olympics in the 100 meters, not only won her heat in the 200-meter qualifying Thursday at the U.S. Olympic trials, she also turned in the fastest time overall.
Madison had to dodge rain drops in running a 22.57 seconds, but that was better than the next two times by Carmelita Jeter (22.63), the 100-meter world champion, and Sanya Richards-Ross (22.67). Allyson Felix, another big-name sprinter, has the sixth-fastest time at 22.82.
The top three runners in six heats plus the next three top times move on to tonight’s semifinals. The finals are set for Saturday night.
Madison, who won the world long jump championship in 2005, is also contemplating competing in that event. One possible deterrent is that the long jump qualifying begins tonight, just a half hour after the 200 semis. The long jump finals are Sunday.