Brilliant Felix wins maiden 400M title

Felix, challenged by runner-up Francena McCorory down the straight, ran strongly to the finish in 50.40 seconds and become the first woman to win US titles in the 100, 200 and 400M. “I knew it was going to be racing home,” said Felix, who has five US 200M titles and added the 100M last year. “I wanted to be in position to use my speed.”

McCorory clocked 50.49 to beat world indoor champion Debbie Dunn, who finished in 50.70.
Felix, who will defend her 200M title at the August World Championships in Daegu, said she was undecided on whether she would attempt the double, but hoped to make the decision soon. She also left open the possibility of doing as many as four events at the World Championships and confirmed she would attempt the 4x100 and 4x400M relays.

Collegian Tony McQuay surprised former Olympic and world champion Jeremy Wariner for the men's 400M title. McQuay passed a tiring Wariner on the straight to clock a personal best 44.68 seconds. Wariner eked out second place over Greg Nixon. Both were timed in 44.98.

Top-ranked David Oliver claimed the 110M hurdles title in 13.04 seconds. Aries Merritt and Jason Richardson followed as two-time former Olympic silver medallist Terrence Trammell failed to make the team.

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