Geneva native Maggie Malone moved a step closer to the medal stand with a strong opening round in the women's javelin at the Tokyo Olympics.
Malone's second launch traveled 63.07 meters (about 207 feet), which placed her second overall after Tuesday's qualifying in Tokyo.
Poland's Maria Andrejczyk had the top qualifying mark (65.24 meters or 214 feet). The top 12 advanced to Friday's finals, which will take place at 6:50 a.m. (Central time).
Malone, a Fillmore Central graduate, was the only American to advance to the finals. She entered the Olympics ranked 12th in the world.
Tuesday's performance continued a big summer for Malone. She set a U.S. Track and Field Trials record with a throw of 208 feet, 4 inches in June. She popped for an American-record mark of 221-1 at the American JavFest a couple weeks later in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.
Malone, who competed at Nebraska and later Texas A&M, is making her second Olympics appearance. She placed 25th in Rio in 2016 with a throw of 56.47 meters (185-3).
The women's 200-meter final was billed as a star-studded race that anyone could win. So long as that person's name was Elaine.
Elaine Thompson-Herah blew away a much-decorated field in the 200. The latest sprint star from Usain Bolt's island country of Jamaica completed her second straight Olympic sprint sweep in 21.53 seconds, the second-fastest time in history.
“It means a lot to me to be in that history, to be in that work-hard book,” said Thompson-Herah, who spent much of 2021 ailing with an Achilles injury and didn't reach top form until she got to Japan.
It marked the second time in four nights that Thompson-Herah has won a sprint and recorded a time that fell short of only the late Florence Griffith Joyner's hallowed, 33-year-old world records. The 200 record is 21.34.