EUGENE, Ore. — Maybe the response just slipped. Or maybe the question completely caught her off guard.
As Allyson Felix sauntered away from the crowd and on to safety, she actually broke her vow of silence.
“Feeling good,” she said in almost a hushed voice. And then she was off again, escorted by coach Bobby Kersee.
Felix is looking solid on the track even in the midst of controversy, winning her semifinal heat at Olympic trials on Friday.
Same with training partner Jeneba Tarmoh, who moments earlier captured her race convincingly, too.
After the 200 final today, these two sprinters will finally address what everyone is anxious to know: Just how they will break their third-place tie in the 100 and decide who earns the final spot to the London Games in the event.
A runoff? A flip of the coin? Soon, there will be a resolution. Maybe even something as simple as one of them surrendering the spot to the other.
The biggest surprise Friday was the absence of Walter Dix, the Olympic bronze medalist. Dix was hampered by a lingering left hamstring injury that slowed him in the 100, but he thought he might be ready for the 200.
Now, Dix’s only option for making it to London will be as a member of the 400 relay team.
This was one of the sprinters the Americans were counting on, too, after Dix captured bronze in both the 100 and 200 in Beijing.
In the only final on Friday, Emma Coburn won steeplechase and Jillian Camarena-Williams captured the shot put crown.