Kenny Bednarek qualifies for Olympic finals in 200 meter sprint
TOKYO (WEAU) - Rice Lake native Kenny Bednarek has qualified for the Olympics finals in the 200 meter sprint.
Bednarek was a winner in his first race of the Tokyo Olympic games as he won his heat of the 200 meter sprint, running the fastest time in the quarterfinals, winning in a time of 20.01. American teammate Noah Lyles had the third-fastest time at 20.18.
In the semifinals, Bednarek ran a 19.83, finishing in second behind Canada’s Andre de Grasse to qualify for the finals of the 200 meter sprint, which will be on Wednesday at 7:55 a.m. CDT. Fellow Americans Noah Lyles, the number-one ranked runner in the world, and Erriyon Knighton also qualified for the finals, as well as de Grasse, Aaron Brown of Canada, Rasheed Dwyer of Jamaica, Joseph Fahnbulleh of Liberia, and Jereem Richards of Trinidad & Tobago. Bednarek is the fifth-ranked runner in the world, and third-ranked among the finalists.
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