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But these days and at these trials, the overriding topic is the one involving Felix and Tarmoh. Just how they're going to settle the matter is something that's now been hanging over the competition for the last week.
USA Track and Field didn't have any procedure in place to break the dead heat. Immediately after the 100 race last Saturday, the organization quickly scrambled to put together some options for the athletes.
The sprinters have elected to not say anything until after the 200. That way, they can focus on making the team in that event.
Only, Felix blabbed -- if two words can be considered that.
Usually so polite and always open to talk, Felix has been hurried away by Kersee the past two days. He's highly protective of both his sprinters, also whisking away Tarmoh with an arm around her shoulder.
But maybe Kersee is softening, too, with the resolution so close. As he ushered Felix away, he was asked how Felix is looking.
Without even turning around, Kersee raised his right arm and gave a thumbs-up.
All the attention may be on Tarmoh and Felix heading into the final, but they have some pretty tenacious competition. Carmelita Jeter will be a factor along with Sanya Richards-Ross, who won the 400 earlier at trials. She keeps getting stronger with every round.
"I felt good. My body felt really good," Richards-Ross said after turning in the top time of 22.15 seconds in the semis. "Yesterday I was little tight and today I felt fresh.
"Hopefully, tomorrow I'll go even faster and put together another great race to win it."
Hyleas Fountain leads the heptathlon after the first day of competition, while reigning Olympic champion Angelo Taylor had the top time in the semis of the 400 hurdles. The qualifying round of the 110 hurdles went as expected with Aries Merritt, Jason Richardson, David Oliver and David Payne all advancing.
"There were some nerves involved and I just have to stay focused," Merritt said.
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