U.S. superstars Sydney McLaughlin and Dalilah Muhammad conquered inclement weather to each qualify for the women’s 400m hurdles final.
McLaughlin won her heat in the pouring rain with a time of 53.03 seconds.
McLaughlin easily crossed the finish line ahead of the competition in her Round 1 heat Friday with a time of 54.65 seconds.
Reigning champion Dalilah Muhammad will also clinch a spot in the final and defend her title from the 2016 Rio Olympics. Muhammad crossed the finish line first in the first semifinal heat with a time of 53.30 seconds. She ran a 54.97 time in Round 1.
American Anna Cockrell will also have a shot to give the U.S. three women in the 400m hurdles final in the third heat.
Gabby Thomas advances to 200m final
American Gabby Thomas will compete with the fastest women in the world in the women’s 200m final.
Thomas finished third in the second heat crossing the finish line in 22.01 seconds while Namibia Christine Mboma finished second with a time of 21.97.
However, Thomas ran the fourth-fastest time of all competitors, clinching a spot in the final.
Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson-Herah, who earned the title of fastest woman alive after winning the women’s 100m, coasted to the finish line first in Thomas’ heat with a personal best time of 21.66.
Jenna Prandini won’t be heading to the women’s 200m final. The American finished fifth in the first semifinal heat running a time of 22.57.
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Price, who won the 100m silver medal just two days earlier won the heat with a time of 22.13 seconds.
Anavia Battle also finished fifth in her heat with a time of 23.02 and failed to qualify for the final.
Two Americans advance to 400m final
Americans Michael Cherry and Michael Norman will compete in the men’s 400m final.
Cherry won the second heat of the semifinals with a time of 44.44 seconds to automatically qualify and Norman qualified in the third heat with a time of 44.52 seconds.
Women’s Discus Final
American Valerie Allman looks likely to challenge for a medal. The 26-year old broke the American record at a three-competitor meet in August 2020. She could become the first American to win a medal in women’s discus.
She will have to beat out Croatia’s Sandra Perkovic who enters the event as the two-time defending Olympic champion.
Watch the women’s discus final live starting at 7:00 a.m. ET.