RIO DE JANEIRO – Former Wisconsin women’s track and field standout Hilary (Edmondson) Stellingwerff narrowly missed advancing to the semifinals in the 1500 meters at the 2016 Rio Olympics on Friday night at Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
An Olympic veteran after competing at the 2012 London Olympics for Canada, Stellingwerff finished seventh in the first heat in 4 minutes, 12 seconds as the top six finishers from each of the three heats automatically advanced to Sunday’s semifinal.
There were also six time-qualifying spots up for grabs, but the second and third heats posted quicker times than Stellingwerff’s section as the Sarnia, Ontario, native ultimately finished 31st on the world’s biggest stage.
Stellingwerff raced out to an early lead on the first lap before sliding back to fourth at the 400-meter mark.
The 35-year old remained towards the front of the pack, as she was in sixth heading into the bell lap. However, Stellingwerff was passed with 300 meters to go and an attempt to grab a top-six spot fell just short.
Stellingwerff finished .24 seconds behind Poland’s Angelika Cichocka and Germany’s Konstanze Klosterhalfen, who finished fifth and sixth, respectively, in the first heat.
Fellow Canadian and 2012 Olympian Mohammed Ahmed competes in the finals of the 10,000 meters on Saturday at 7:27 p.m. CT. Fans in the United States can watch the former Badger compete live on NBC.