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USA Track: Maggie Malone wins javelin; Justin Gatlin takes 200

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USA's Justin Gatlin. Photo by Stephen Shaver/UPI
USA's Justin Gatlin. Photo by Stephen Shaver/UPI | License Photo

EUGENE, Ore. -- It has been a good month at Hayward Field for Maggie Malone.

The Texas A&M senior set the collegiate record of 204 feet while winning the javelin at the NCAA championships on June 9, then won the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials Saturday afternoon with a toss of 199-7 to qualify for the Rio Olympics.

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"It was so great coming back to Oregon, I love it here," Malone said. "The facility is amazing and the fans are amazing. This is the most incredible journey. I am so blessed to be here. It is surreal to be here saying I am going to Rio."

Among the other winners Saturday were Devon Allen in the men's 110-meter hurdles, Justin Gatlin in the men's 200 meters and Bernard Lagat in the 5,000 meters.

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Malone eventually won but fouled on her first attempt. She then took the lead in the second round with a toss of 197-1 before getting her winning toss off in the fifth round.

"It wasn't great," Malone said. "The first throw was my best but I stepped over the line. I have a lot to work on, but I have great coaches to do that. I can focus on the little things that put me higher in the rankings."

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Hannah Carson of Texas Tech was second at 190-11, but has not reached the Olympic standard to go to Rio.

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Kara Winger placed third at 189-11 while Brittany Borman was fourth at 185-8, but Borman has reached the Olympic standard to earn the third and final U.S. berth in Rio.

"It was not my best day, but I gave it everything I had and I am happy to make the team," Borrman said.

Malone was not the only collegian to win a national title as Oregon's Allen won the 110-meter hurdles on his home track in 13.03. Allen, who is a junior receiver for the Oregon football team, will be late for fall camp because he will be competing in the Olympics.

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Ronnie Ash was second in 13.21 while Jeff Porter was third at 13.21.

Gatlin followed up his men's 100-meter title by winning the 200 in 19.75.

LaShawn Merritt, who won the 400, earned another spot in the Olympics by finishing second in the 200 at 19.79.

"My body feels good," Merritt said. "Get back to training. I did have three days in between the 400 and 200 but at the Olympics it will be one day. We will see how we adjust training around Rio and handle it at that time."

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Ameer Webb was third at 20.00.

Forty-one-year-old Lagat won the men's 5,000-meters in 13:35.50 after a strong last lap. Hassan Mead was second at 13:35.70 while Paul Chelimo was third at 13:35.92.

Will Claye won the men's triple jump with a mark of 57-11 on his fifth attempt to pass Christian Taylor, who was second at 57-0 3/4. Chris Benard was third at 56-5 3/4.

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