LONDON - Making your chance count. That's what it all comes down to in track and field, and Christina Manning did just that at the 2017 IAAF World Championships. Running as one of four Americans in a field of 39 athletes in the 100m hurdles, Manning and her teammates took three of the top five spots on Saturday in the finals at the Olympic Stadium. Manning crossed the finish line with a readout of 12.74 to place fifth.
Manning got the event started on Friday by winning both of her heats with times of 12.87 and 12.71 to advance to Saturday's final. The two-time national champion at Ohio State was competing at her first world championships for Team USA. Dawn Harper Nelson (12.63) and Kendra Harrison (12.74) took the second and fourth spots for Team USA.
Also in action at the world championships was rising senior Maggie Barrie. Representing the country of Sierra Leone, Barrie clocked a 400m dash time of 53.20 last Sunday (Aug. 6) to place fifth in her heat and set a national record at the world championships. Overall, Barrie's time of 53.20 earned her a 41st place finish out of 49 runners.