San Francisco’s Rowbury headed back to Olympics 

click to enlarge Shannon Rowbury leads the pack in the Women's 1500 Meter semi-final on day 8 of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials. - ANDY LYONS/GETTY IMAGES
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  • Shannon Rowbury leads the pack in the Women's 1500 Meter semi-final on day 8 of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials.

When Shannon Rowbury reached the Summer Games four years ago in Beijing, she turned in the top placing ever by an American woman in the 1,500-meter run by finishing seventh.

After her performance at Sunday’s U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore., she’ll have a chance to top that.
The San Francisco resident and Sacred Heart Cathedral product finished second in the 1,500 in a time of four minutes, 5.11 seconds to qualify for a second straight Olympics.

Morgan Uceny won the event in 4:04.59, while Jenny Barringer Simpson took third just behind Rowbury in 4:05.17. The top three finishers earned berths into the Olympics, which start in four weeks in London.

“I’m so ecstatic to make the team and represent USA with these ladies,” Rowbury said. “Relief has to be the biggest emotion. All three of us wanted to visualize August. ... I can’t think of a better women’s 1,500-meter team to be sending. Watch out world.”

  • Academy of Art’s Vashti Thomas wound up sixth overall in the long jump with a leap of 22 feet, ¾ inches and missed out on an Olympic berth. Brittney Reese won the event on her final jump of 25-5½.
  • Leonel Manzano took the men’s 1,500 meters in 3:35.75 to narrowly beat world bronze medalist Matt Centrowitz, who clocked 3:35.84 with Andrew Wheating third in 3:36.68.
  • Wallace Spearmon surged down the finishing straight to win the 200 in a quick, but wind-assisted 19.82 seconds. Spearmon easily defeated Maurice Mitchell (20.14) and collegian Isiah Young (20.16).
  • Michael Tinsley ran down Angelo Taylor to win the men’s 400 hurdles in 48.33 seconds.
  • A runoff today will resolve the dead-heat finish for third place between Allyson Felix and Jeneba Tarmoh in the women’s 100.

GYMNASTICS

  • Gabrielle Douglas won the women’s all-around title at HP Pavilion in San Jose by overhauling favorite Jordyn Wieber. Douglas completed the two-day competition with an overall score of 123.450 after outshining world all-around champion Wieber, who finished close behind in second on 123.350. Douglas, Wieber, McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman and Kyla Ross make up the five-member Olympic team.
  • Jonathan Horton, Jake Dalton and the injured Sam Mikulak were awarded the final places on the men’s gymnastics team. World parallel bars champion Danell Leyva and John Orozco had already booked their tickets to the Games by finishing in the top two at the trials.


SWIMMING

  • Michael Phelps finished off his preparations for his Olympic swansong in emphatic style on Sunday when he qualified for a fifth individual event on the penultimate night of competition at the U.S. Trials.
  • The 14-time Olympic gold medalist, still showing no signs of weariness after a draining week of high-pressure racing, powered home over the last lap to win the 100-meter  butterfly final in
  • 51.14 seconds.
  • n Missy Franklin, the new spearhead of the American women’s team, qualified for a record seventh event in London after winning the women’s 200 backstroke.
  • Cal product Anthony Ervin, who won gold at the Sydney Olympics
  • 12 years ago, became one of the oldest Olympic swimmers at 31 when he rolled back the years to qualify second in the 50 freestyle, behind Cullen Jones.

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