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U.S. runners Rowbury, Simpson qualify for women’s 1500 final

Athletics - Olympics: Day 9

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 14: Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon of Kenya, Dawit Seyaum of Ethiopia and Shannon Rowbury of the United States compete in the Women’s 1500 meter semifinals on Day 9 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 14, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

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Of the three Americans running in the women’s 1500 semifinal heats Sunday night, two managed to qualify for the final.

Shannon Rowbury and Jennifer Simpson are headed to Friday’s final, with Rowbury posting the sixth-fastest time at 4:04.46 and Simpson finishing seventh at 4:05.07. Ethiopia’s Genzebe Dibaba, who won the 1500 at last year’s World Championships, posted the top qualifying time of the semifinals at 4:03.06. Dibaba was one of three runners to post a time below 4:04, with Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands and Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon of Kenya being the others.

The United States has never won a medal in the women’s 1500, so Rowbury and Simpson will look to make history Friday night.

Brenda Martinez, the third American in the semifinal heats, ranked 21st among the runners with a time of 4:10.41.