Jasmine Camacho-Quinn’s journey at the U.S. Olympic Trials came to an end Friday night, but the Fort Dorchester graduate can take solace in knowing she’s still bound for the Rio de Janiero Olympics next month.
Camacho-Quinn just barely missed the finals of the 100-meter hurdles Friday night, placing 10th of 21 in the semifinals. Only the top eight advanced to the finals: the two top two finishers from each of the three heats, followed by the two next-fastest times overall regardless of heat. Camacho-Quinn placed third in her heat in 13.02 seconds.
The eighth and last athlete to make it to the finals later Friday night was Sharika Nelvis, who ran her heat in 13 seconds, meaning Camacho-Quinn came up just .02 seconds short. Brianna Rollins led all semifinalists with a 12.60-second finish, which is still .06 seconds shy of the personal record Camacho-Quinn set in June when she won the NCAA championship with Kentucky.
Camacho-Quinn will still compete in Rio next month, though, suiting up for Puerto Rico’s team.
Camacho-Quinn’s mother is Puerto Rican, which makes Camacho-Quinn eligible. She already has a guaranteed spot on the team, and met the coaching staff, as well as her fellow teammates, last month.
Opening ceremonies are set for August 5. The track portion is scheduled to run from August 12-21.