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Gibbs grad Bromell finishes fourth in heat, qualifies for 100 semis

American enters as Olympic sprint favorite, yet has to wait for wild-card spot.
Gibbs High School graduate and American sprinter Trayvon Bromell reacts to his performance after finishing fourth in a heat in men's 100-meter qualifying at the Summer Olympics on Saturday in Tokyo.
Gibbs High School graduate and American sprinter Trayvon Bromell reacts to his performance after finishing fourth in a heat in men's 100-meter qualifying at the Summer Olympics on Saturday in Tokyo. [ CHARLIE RIEDEL | AP ]
Published Jul. 31
Updated Jul. 31

TOKYO (AP) — Gibbs High School graduate and American sprinter Trayvon Bromell, the favorite in the men’s 100-meter track race, finished fourth in his qualifying heat.

He had to wait nearly an hour to see if he would get one of three wild-card spots into Sunday’s semifinal round.

He did.

“Honestly, I have no words for it,” Bromell said, when asked to explain the lackluster run.

Enoch Adegoke of Nigeria won the heat in 9.98 seconds, followed by Femi Ogunode of Qatar in 10.02 seconds, Zharnel Hughes of Britain in 10.04 and Bromell at 10.05.

Bromell’s time was significantly slower than his world-leading mark this year, when he ran a 9.77-second time in June.