100M champ Sha'Carri Richardson opts out of 200M, Allyson Felix joins field at U.S. Olympic trials

EUGENE, Ore. -- Sha'Carri Richardson is out. Allyson Felix is in.

Start lists for Thursday's 200-meter preliminaries at U.S. track trials include Felix, who has qualified for the Tokyo Olympics in the 400, but not Richardson, the 100-meter champion who had been qualified for the longer distance but decided not to race.

If Felix were to finish in the top three at 200 meters, she would have to choose a distance because the 200 and 400 will overlap on the Olympic schedule.

When asked last week about her prospects for the 200, Felix said "I think I want to have fun with it."

"As everyone knows, I love the 200. I used to call it my baby. Now that I have a baby, I can't [call it that] anymore," said the 35-year-old, who gave birth to daughter Camryn in 2018.

Felix has nine Olympic medals. Her only individual gold came in the 200 in 2012. She also won silvers at the distance in 2004 and 2008, plus a silver in the 400 in 2016.