Richards-Ross encouraged by finish in 200

Richards-Ross encouraged by finish in 200

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Three months into her comeback from toe surgery, four-time Olympic champion Sanya Richards-Ross is already making significant strides.

She's also poised to add to her collection of national titles in the women's 400 meters.

Richards-Ross ran a relaxed but encouraging 52.39 seconds in her heat Thursday to advance to the semifinals at the U.S. Outdoor Championships. It was a full second slower than Richard-Ross' best time this year and well off her American record set in 2006.

Not that she's worried about it.

Although the pain in her right big toe hasn't subsided much since the surgery, Richards-Ross is using each meet as another step forward in her recovery. She looked strong in her heat and was stride-for-stride with Francena McCorory until coasting over the final 10 meters.