Hampton's Francena McCrory helped Team USA's women advance to the finals after winning their semifinal heat in the 4x400m relay at the Rio Olympics. The USA women are going for their sixth straight gold medal in the event.
“It doesn’t matter who we run, we have some great girls and we all know we can get the job done and keep that streak going,” McCrory said after she and her American teammates breezed to a decisive 3-minute, 21.42-second victory Friday in their semifinal race at Estadio Olimpico.
NCAA champion Courtney Okolo got the team off to a strong start, covering her leg in 50.7. She handed over to Taylor Ellis-Watson, and the team had a 1.48-second lead by half way.
McCorory, the 2014 world indoor champion, ran a 49.68 split on the third leg then handed over to Phyllis Francis, who cruised around in 50.53 to stop the clock at 3:21.42.
Team Canada, which included Johnson C. Smith's Kendra Clarke, finished fifth in their semifinal heat to advance to the finals on time.
Finals for the event are scheduled for 9:00pm ET, Saturday (Aug 20). Team USA will run in lane 6 while Team Canada goes in lane 7.
The Bahamas' 4x400m relay team, which includes Norfolk State's Chris Brown, qualified for the men's finals and will run in lane 6.