It was surely a whirlwind of emotions on Monday night for Leah Nugent.
The Abington High School graduate will compete in the semifinals of the 400-meter hurdles at the Olympic Games in Rio on Tuesday night, but it didn't come without some drama.
Nugent appeared to successfully advance from the preliminaries to the semis in heat 3 of the 400-meter hurdles on Monday night in a time of 55.66, just off her PR. But when the results were posted on the official Olympic website, it was noted that the Jamaican athlete was disqualified. There was apparently an issue with Nugent's trail leg.
Nugent protested the ruling after the race and she was reinstated into the semis. She'll run in semifinal #3 tonight looking to earn one of the eight qualifying spots into the finals. Her race is slated to go off at 8:24 PM on Tuesday.
Running in heat 1 of those semifinals is New Jersey high school standout Sydney McLaughlin, who earned one of the final qualifying spots in Monday night's prelims.