Tokyo 2020: Panamanian Gianna Woodruff qualifies for the semifinals of the 400 meter hurdles
The Panamanian athlete, Gianna Woodruff, finished second in her elimination heat of 400 meters hurdles, with a time of 55.49 seconds and qualified for the semifinals that will take place next Monday, August 2 at 5:35 a.m. (Panama time).
The American Sydney McLaughlin won the series in the group that the Panamanian participated with a time of 54.65 seconds. On June 26, McLaughlin achieved a world record of 51.90 seconds in Eugene, United States.
Along with the American and Panamanian Sara Petersen, from Denmark (55.52 seconds) and Quách Thị Lan, from Vietnam (55.71), also qualified.
For Woodruff, 27, born in the United States, but of a Colonial mother, these are her first Olympic Games. She competed in heat 3 and got out of lane # 7.
The athlete achieved her qualification for the Olympic event on April 24, when she triumphed in the test held at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa, United States, with a time of 55.02 seconds. On May 9 when she registered her best time - 54.70 seconds - at the USATF Golden Games.