Morgan Uceny safely advanced to the semifinals of the women's 1,500 meters at the London Olympics Monday, finishing second in the third of three qualifying heats, and then took time to post a note on Facebook.
"Whammo- first round is complete! It's been a while since I have raced, but I felt good. Time for some recovery and then back at it on the 8th. ps, the olympic stadium is the BOMB," Uceny posted.
The top six finishers in each heat along with the next six fastest competitors advanced to the semifinals, scheduled for 2:45 p.m. Wednesday.
Uceny, a four-time All-American at Cornell and the two-time defending American champion at 1,500, posted a time of 4 minutes, 6.87 seconds, second in her heat only to Turkish athlete Gamze Bulut, who broke the tape first in 4:06.69.
The first qualifying heat was the fastest of the three, as Abeba Aregawi of Turkey led six runners under 4:06 to win in 4:04.55. Other qualifiers from that heat included American Shannon Rowbury (4:06.03), a World Championship bronze medalist in the event in 2009, and British favorite Hannah England (4:05.73).
The second heat was considerably slower than the other two and almost saw American and 2011 World Champion Jennifer Simpson eliminated from the competition. Lisa Dobriskey of the host nation won the heat in 4:13.32 and Simpson finished sixth to take the final qualifying spot in 4:13.81, just five one-hundredths ahead of the next finisher.
In Uceny's heat, Kenya's Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon led through 400, 800, and 1200-meters before fading to ninth in the final 300 to miss out on the semifinals.
Uceny was ranked as the world's top 1,500-meter runner by Track and Field News in 2011, the first American woman to do so since 1983, when Mary Decker Slaney held the title.