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Olympics: Nugent advances to 400-meter finals; Camacho Quinn, Sorrillo reach semifinal round

Kentucky Track and Field graduate Leah Nugent qualified for the 400-meter hurdles final while representing Jamaica at her first Olympic Games Tuesday.

The 2015 NCAA and Southeastern Conference Bronze Medalist ran a personal-best 54.98, placing third in the third and final semifinal. She had the seventh fastest time of the semifinal round.

Leah Nugent will compete in the final round of the Olympics (Getty Images)

Leah Nugent will compete in the final round in the 400-meter hurdles in the Rio Olympics (Getty Images)

Nugent’s PR rounded out a strong day at the Games for the Wildcats. Nugent’s training partners Jasmine Camacho-Quinn and alumnus Rondel Sorrillo advanced to semifinals in the 100-meter hurdles and 200-meter race, respectively during the Tuesday morning session.

Camacho-Quinn, completing her freshman season at the Games, and alumni Nugent and Sorrillo all train at Kentucky under coach Edrick Floreal’s direction.

After running rounds each of the past two days in what many consider the most painful event in the sport, Nugent and the rest of the Olympic 400m hurdles finalists will take Wednesday off. The final is scheduled for Thursday night at 9:15 p.m. With two Americans in the final the race is likely to be shown live during the NBC primetime window.

Camacho-Quinn – representing Puerto Rico – won her preliminary heat in 12.70 (+1.0). Making her Olympic debut she got out of the blocks okay, but surged past the field in the second half of the race finishing with the third fastest time of the heats.

The semifinals (7:45 p.m.) and finals (9:55 p.m.) are scheduled for the Wednesday evening session.

Representing Trinidad and Tobago Sorrillo, the 2009 NCAA 200-Meter Champion who now serves on the UK track and field staff as a volunteer assistant coach while training under head coach Edrick Floreal’s direction and competing for Nike began the preliminary heats of his signature event. 

He ran his best time of this season to date, placing third in heat 10 in 20.27q (+1.0). He had the 13th fastest time of the prelims and was a wildcard advancer to the semis on time.

The men’s 200-meter semifinals are scheduled for 9 p.m. Wednesday.

From UK Athletics

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