Nguyen eliminated, Francis fastest in 400m heats

Vietnam’s Nguyen Thi Huyen failed to qualify for the semi-finals of the women’s 400m in Rio on Saturday.

The 23-year-old runner and hurdler finished sixth in heat six with a time of 52.97s.

That was only good enough to see her place 43rd from the combined eight heats, with only the top 24 women moving on to contest the semi-finals.

Her Olympics aren’t over yet, however, as Nguyen will still be competing in the 400m hurdles next week.

The fastest qualifier on Saturday was American Phyllis Francis, a former junior athletic champion, in a time of 50.58s.

Defending Olympic champion Allyson Felix qualified in sixth place in 51.24s.

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