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Prandini helps U.S. reach 400 relay final

Former Clovis High star Jenna Prandini – shown during her 200 heat earlier in the week at the world track and field championships in Beijing, China – ran a leg for the winning U.S. 400 relay team in the semifinal round.
Former Clovis High star Jenna Prandini – shown during her 200 heat earlier in the week at the world track and field championships in Beijing, China – ran a leg for the winning U.S. 400 relay team in the semifinal round. ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE

Jenna Prandini’s run at the IAAF World Championships is not over yet.

A day after not qualifying for the 200 final and announcing her endorsement with Puma, the 22-year-old ex-Clovis High star ran the third leg in Friday’s 400 relay semifinal heat and helped Team USA win in 42.00 seconds and advance to the final in the day’s afternoon session (5:45 a.m. PDT Saturday). English Gardner, Allyson Felix, and Jasmine Todd also ran a leg each for the Americans.

Trinidad and Tobago took second, setting a national record in 42.24 and The Netherlands was third in 42.32. Jamaica was the other semifinal winner, claiming its heat in 41.84.

The 400 relay final is Saturday. The U.S. women’s sprint relay team has won gold medals at the 2011 worlds and 2012 Olympics and took silver in 2013.

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