McCorory edges Olympian Richards-Ross for women’s 400 title

Francena McCorory (center) during the opening round of the women's 400 meters. 

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SACRAMENTO, California — Francena McCorory won the women’s 400 meters Saturday in the U.S. Outdoor Track and Field Championships, finishing in 49.48 seconds to edge Olympic champion Sanya Richards-Ross.

McCorory won her first U.S. 400 title with her best career time and the fastest time in the world this year.

Richards-Ross, who beat McCorory by two-tenths of a second in the semifinals, finished in 49.66. Richards-Ross joined McCorory as the only two female runners to break the 50-second mark this year.

Gil Roberts won the men’s 400, and Dawn Harper-Nelson beat Queen Harrison by a hundredth of a second in the women’s 100 hurdles. American record-holder Maria Michta won her fifth consecutive U.S. title in the women’s 20-kilometer racewalk, finishing in 1:35:54.37.