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Deajah Stevens Keeps Medal Hopes Alive; Will Compete in 200 Final

Stevens Qualifies for Olympic Final

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Deajah Stevens used a strong surge to finish third in her heat of the women's 200 meter semifinals. Stevens overtook Dina Asher-Smith of Great Britain in the last twenty meters to take third in 22.38 after trailing down the stretch. The Duck sprinter was with the lead pack until they pulled away from the field in the final 100, but had enough of a kick to close in. Stevens' third-place finish didn't automatically qualify her for the final, as she had to wait and see if she would qualify on time.

Jenna Prandini took fourth in her heat and failed to qualify, running 22.55. Prandini looked good coming down the stretch as she stayed in the thick of things before fading toward the finish.

Stevens managed to qualify on time, and will join Team USA teammate Tori Bowie in the 200 final Wednesday at 6:30 pm. This gives the Ducks two current athletes in Olympic finals, as Devon Allen will compete in the men's 110 hurdles final. It's an astonishing feat for a pair of 21 year olds, as Stevens has been old enough to drink for all of two months.