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Former Eleanor Roosevelt High School sprinter Afia Charles of Glenn Dale failed to get past the first round of qualifying in the 400-meter dash Friday in the track and field portion of this summer's London Olympics.

Representing Antigua and Barbuda, for which her mother Ruperta competed in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, Charles finished fifth in the second heat of Friday's preliminary round.

The top three finishers in each of seven heats plus the next three best times qualified for Saturday's semifinal round.

The event's final is scheduled for Sunday.

The 2009 Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association 500-meter dash champion during the winter, Charles graduated from Roosevelt in 2010 and is entering her junior season at the University of Central Florida.

jbeekman@gazette.net