EUGENE, Ore. — Two weeks after setting a collegiate record at the NCAA championships, Abby Steiner won her first national title in the women’s 200 meters in Eugene, Oregon, and is heading to the world championships this summer.
Wearing her University of Kentucky uniform, Steiner won the 200m final in 21.77 seconds in a light headwind at the United States Outdoor Track and Field Championships. His time is the fastest in the world this year, 0.03 seconds faster than his 21.80, which broke the collegiate record at the NCAA meet on June 11 at Hayward Field. She also ran 21.80 in Sunday’s semifinal.
In the final, Steiner chased Tamara Clark and Jenna Prandini in the final 50 meters, with Clark finishing second with a personal best 21.92. Prandini finished third in 22.01.
Moments after her win, Steiner said she dug in the final half of the race after Clark took the lead. “I think it’s just that the important thing is to maintain form on the backstretch and dig deep to get to that finish line,” Steiner said.
Just weeks after his NCAA record, Steiner ran another stunning run at Hayward Field.
Asked what her 200th national title meant, Steiner said, “Everything, you know, after a college season, a lot of people want to put limits on you. Say you’re going to burn yourself out. But my coaches and I trust the process and I couldn’t be more excited.
Sha’Carri Richardson, who qualified for the Tokyo Olympics in the 100m but did not compete after testing positive for marijuana, finished fifth in her semi-final (22.47) and did not s did not qualify for the final.