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Former COS sprinter Deajah Stevens 7th in Olympics 200 final

Former College of the Sequoias standout Deajah Stevens, left, competes in her women’s 200-meter semifinal Aug. 16 at the Rio Games. Stevens advanced to the Aug. 17 final and placed seventh in her first Olympics.
Former College of the Sequoias standout Deajah Stevens, left, competes in her women’s 200-meter semifinal Aug. 16 at the Rio Games. Stevens advanced to the Aug. 17 final and placed seventh in her first Olympics. Associated Press

Former College of the Sequoias standout Deajah Stevens finished seventh in the Olympic women’s 200-meter final Wednesday night in Rio de Janeiro.

Elaine Thompson of Jamaica won in 21.78 seconds to complete the first sweep of the women’s 100 and 200 at the Olympics since Florence Griffith Joyner at the 1988 Seoul Games. Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands was second in 21.88 and American Tori Bowie was third in 22.15.

Stevens, a junior at the University of Oregon, finished in 22.65, her slowest time in Rio. She was second in her heat in 22.45 and third in her semifinal in 22.38, which got her into the eight-woman final as a time qualifier.

She ran 22.30 to finish second at the U.S. Trials and qualify for her first Olympics. Her season best is 22.25.

After the race, Stevens posted on Twitter: “This has been the experience of a life time ! Thank you all for rooting me on and supporting me”

Stevens, 21, came from New York City to Visalia, where she won the state 200 and 400 for COS before transferring to Oregon.

The third American in the women’s 200 field, Jenna Prandini of Clovis, finished fourth in her semifinal and didn’t advance to the final.

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