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Prandini books her marquee event – 200m – for Tokyo Olympic bid

Jenna Prandini has a tall order ahead in the land of the Rising Sun next month.

The Clovis native and Oregon phenom booked a return ticket to Tokyo via the 4×100-meter relay team, but solidified her return to the Olympics on Saturday, finishing second in the Women’s 200-meter finals behind Gabby Thomas.

Thomas, who led all runners during Friday’s semi-final heats, jolted into a sizable lead in the final stretch of Saturday’s final race, netting at trial’s best 21.61 second race-time.

Prandini closely tailed and finished in 21.98 seconds.

Big 10 champion and Ohio State standout Anavia Battle rounded out the top three of the final, closing out the U.S. Women’s 200-meter team.

Allyson Felix, the most decorated Olympic female track and field athlete, finished the finals in fifth at 22.11 seconds.

Alex Tavlian is the Executive Editor of The San Joaquin Valley Sun and Executive Director of Valley Future Foundation. You can reach Alex at alex.tavlian@sjvsun.com.