Allyson Felix missed out on an individual national team spot for the first time as a professional and Sam Kendricks became the third highest pole vaulter of all-time at the US national championships on Saturday.
Only French world record holder Renaud Lavillenie and former holder Sergey Bubka have ever jumped higher than the 6.06 meters Kendricks managed at an event that is doubling as the US trials for the world championships.
The selection meeting also produced a surprising result in the men’s 400 meters as Fred Kerley became the all-time seventh fastest in the event, clocking 43.64 seconds to upset indoor world record holder Michael Norman (43.79).
Felix, America’s most decorated female track athlete, finished sixth in 51.94 seconds in the women’s 400, missing automatic selection for September’s world championships. She could still go to Doha as a member of the 4x400 meters relay.
The 33-year-old, on the comeback trail after giving birth to her daughter in November, had made every American world and Olympic team since 2003.
“I think it would be crazy for me to say that I’m disappointed,” Felix said. “I have my health, I have my family. I couldn’t ask for more than that. And I am able to still do what I love.”
Asked if she would accept a spot on the US relay team, the 11-times world champion replied:
“If I feel like I’m in you know good form to be able to help the team, yes. If I’m not, I’ll be a cheerleader.”
Athletics: Felix misses US team in 400, Kendricks soars in pole vault