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Kansas City’s Lee makes Games

Central High graduate wins 100 at Olympic Trials

June 29, 2008

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Muna Lee, left, crosses the finish line ahead of Lauryn Williams to win the 100 on Saturday at the U.S. Olympic Trials. The Kansas City native was timed in 10.85.

Muna Lee, left, crosses the finish line ahead of Lauryn Williams to win the 100 on Saturday at the U.S. Olympic Trials. The Kansas City native was timed in 10.85.

— Kansas City native Muna Lee is headed to the Olympic Games ... again.

The former Central High standout, who raced in the 200 meters at the 2004 Games, won the 100 meters at Saturday's U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials.

Lee, 26, was clocked in 10.85 seconds, just ahead of Torri Edwards and Lauryn Williams, who both were timed in 10.90.

Lee anchored Total Sports to a pair of relay victories at the 2008 Kansas Relays and is a perennial fan favorite at the event.

"I was coming in here just trying to make the team. I knew that all of these girls are good, but I knew I had a chance. It was like the NCAA Championships again, getting so nervous on the line with these girls," Lee said.

"This comes with experience," added Lee. "This year I learned how to plan out my races well."

Allyson Felix, who was hoping to compete in four events in China, failed to qualify, finishing fifth.

Tyson Gay broke Kansas City native Maurice Greene's American mark in the 100 meters by running 9.77 seconds in his quarterfinal.

Gay tied the fourth-fastest time in the history of the men's dash. In his opening heat, Gay came awfully close to a monumental blunder.

After building a big lead, he eased with about 30 meters left - so much that the rest of the field began to catch him. Gay lunged across the finish line in fourth place, good enough to advance.

"I almost started crying. I didn't know if I made it," Gay said after bettering the record Greene set in 1999. "This round I felt good."

World champion Reese Hoffa, Christian Cantwell and Adam Nelson led the way in the shot. Hoffa won with a throw of 72 feet, 61â4 inches. Cantwell, a former University of Missouri standout, won at the Kansas Relays this year.

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