Illini running for Canada

Illini running for Canada

The number of countries sporting an Illinois flavor at the Summer Olympics now totals four.

Perdita Felicien is the latest Illini to secure a bid to Sydney, winning the 100-meter hurdles Saturday at the Canadian Olympic track and field trials in Victoria, British Columbia. The sophomore is the fourth runner with Illini ties to qualify, all for different nations.

Ex-Illini Bobby True (Liberia), Marko Koers (Netherlands) and Tonja Buford-Bailey (U.S.) made the cut earlier this summer.

Felicien, a two-time All-American as a freshman at the UI and the school's record holder in the 100 hurdles, finished in 13.15 seconds. That was off her top UI time (12.91) but good enough to beat the field.

She is the sixth Olympic qualifier with area ties. Jayme Dickman, whose father lives in Champaign, will compete for the U.S. in air rifle. Urbana High product Karen Kurreck will compete for the U.S. in road cycling.

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