Abby Steiner finishes fifth in 200-meter sprint at World Monitor and Area Championships

Abby Steiner was on the largest stage Thursday night time, racing for a world championship. And the Dublin Coffman Excessive College and College of Kentucky graduate confirmed up.

Competing within the remaining of the 200-meter sprint on the World Monitor & Area Championships in Eugene, Oregon Thursday night time, Steiner completed fifth, ending in 22.26 seconds.

“I used to be in lane eight, so I simply needed to get out as onerous as I probably may and maintain on to no matter I had left,” Steiner stated in her post-race press availability. “It was simply such an awesome studying expertise. I received to compete towards among the folks I’ve seemed as much as for therefore lengthy on this sport. I received to get used to a world championship ambiance. And after a really lengthy season, I I am already trying ahead to subsequent 12 months.”

Jamaica’s Shericka Jackson completed in first place in 21.46 — a world championship file — whereas Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Frasier-Pryce completed second in 21.81 and Nice Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith completed third in 22.02.

“Simply seeing the place I stacked up and simply form of getting to speak to them, seeing what they do,” Steiner stated of Jackson and Frasier-Pryce. “They’re all such sweethearts and really easy to root for, so I’m actually joyful for his or her success.”

On Tuesday, Steiner completed second within the semifinal warmth at 22.15 behind Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who was one in every of 5 sprinters to complete in below 22 seconds.

Steiner lately signed with PUMA, going professional after incomes 4 NCAA titles and turning into a 15-time All-American at Kentucky. She at the moment holds the American collegiate, Southeastern Convention and Kentucky file holder within the indoor 200-meters, together with holding collegiate, SEC and faculty information within the out of doors 200-meter sprint and 300-meters.

“It is a weight off my shoulders,” Steiner stated of signing with PUMA. “It is like every little thing you may have labored for is coming to life. I do not assume it is actually sunk in simply because it is such an actual blessing. I could not be extra enthusiastic about my selection, and I can not look forward to this subsequent chapter with them.”

Earlier than Kentucky, Steiner gained four-straight state titles within the 200-meter sprint at Coffman, together with three within the 100-meter sprint in her remaining three years of highschool.

Steiner was additionally a district Participant of the 12 months on the soccer discipline, serving to lead Coffman to a Division 1 state runner-up end in 2014.

“Positively going to maintain it at the back of my head as I take this break day and prepare for fall coaching,” Steiner stated. “I am excited to prepare for subsequent 12 months as a professional and be at this occasion as a professional with out the collegiate season on my legs.”

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