Aug. 6, 2012
Former Husky Phylicia George advanced to the 100 meter hurdle semifinals for Canada following an explosive prelim performance Monday morning at Olympic Stadium in London. The collegiate standout made her Olympic debut on Monday and opened with a bang taking second place in her heat and ninth overall with a time of 12.83.
"It was ok, I got out really well. I left a lot on the track, got the rust off as I hadn't raced in a while," George stated after the prelims. "I can go a lot faster, it's going to take 12.6x to make the final, then a personal best to make the podium."
George, who came in second behind Team USA's Lolo Jones in the sixth heat, qualified for both the 100m dash and the 100m hurdles but opted to focus all her attention on the hurdles for the 2012 Olympics. She is one of three members of the Canadian team to reach the 100m hurdles semifinals as teammates Nikkita Holder and Jessica Zelinka will be joining her on Tuesday.
"The first race at the Olympics is the hardest mentally and Phylicia handled that well. Now it's just racing hard to make the finals.Phylicia got off the blocks well and had a clean race through ten hurdles so she is very focused. That will serve her well for the semi because she ran that race very relaxed and without running all-out," stated UConn associate head coach Clive Terrelonge. "If she runs that clean in the semi she will do something special and set a new personal best so I am very excited for her and the possibility of her making it through the semifinals."
George will compete in the 100m hurdle semifinals on Tuesday afternoon at 2:05 p.m. ET with the finals beginning at 5 p.m. ET.