Dincoff wins a place in the team; Dressel, Ledecky let off steam | Professional
Rachel Dincoff, a DeKalb graduate, finished third in the discus final at the Olympic track and field trials in the United States with a throw of 197 feet, 6 inches to earn a spot on the Olympic team.
Dincoff missed her first pitch, but responded with a score of 189-5, placing her in seventh place. She moved up to fourth after her fourth pitch (194-8) and gained the extra spot on her fifth of six throws, her furthest of the night.
Dincoff qualified second after Friday’s prelims after pitching 202-2.
Huntington coach Lauren Davenport Johnson finished 12th in her women’s 1,500-meter semi-final playoff, failing to advance to Monday’s final. Davenport Johnson was in the middle of the field and heading forward when she tripped with about 600 yards to go in the race and couldn’t close the gap, finishing with a time of 4 minutes and 29 seconds.
She is qualified to run the 800, which starts on Thursday.
At the US Olympic Swimming Trials, Caeleb Dressel added another event to his Tokyo schedule, winning Saturday with a dominant victory in the 100-meter butterfly.
Katie Ledecky wowed the field in the 800 freestyle, winning by more than 5 seconds in a race where second place was the only drama.
Ledecky won her fourth individual race at the Olympics with a time of 8 minutes, 14.62 seconds, adding to her wins in the 200, 400 and 1,500 freestyle.
Leading from the start, Ledecky was essentially racing herself. She started off at a record pace, but slowed down when it was clear no one could challenge her.
“It’s a challenge,” she said. “Sometimes I feel like I’m going faster than I am. The biggest thing from here is trying to get into some running environment in training and keep pushing myself. “
Ledecky finished more than 10 seconds behind his world record performance at the Rio Olympics.
“It was a good swim,” she said. “I thought I would be a lot better than that considering the quality of my preliminary race. “
Katie Grimes, 15, edged veteran Haley Anderson for the expected second place at the Olympics, slipping more than 11 seconds off her personal best to reach second place in 8: 20.36.
Anderson, who was already on the marathon swim team, narrowly missed a race at the Olympic pool. She finished third, 15 hundredths of a second behind the youngster.