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IAAF World Championships: American Nick Symmonds advances to 800m final

Aug 11, 2013; Moscow, RUSSIA; Nick Symmonds (USA) runs 1:45.00 in an 800m semifinal to advance in the 14th IAAF World Championships in Athletics at Luzhniki Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Oregon Track Club Elite runner Nick Symmonds performed well in his semi-final heat in the 800 meters at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow on Sunday. Symmonds ran 1:45.00 in the semis, but feels confident that he can run much faster in the finals on Tuesday.

As Symmonds said after his heat:

I’m just so ecstatic the way it’s shaping up. Today I felt really smooth going through the gears there. I feel like I’m ready to run 1:43, maybe dip under 1:43 if need be. (Oregon Live)

One other American qualified for the finals: former USC Trojan sprinter Duane Solomon, who turned in the fastest qualifying time at 1:43.87. Symmonds talked about his fellow countryman:

I’m also really ecstatic that Duane’s in the race. It provides a certain amount of comfort to know that he’s there. I’ve been racing him for 10 years, I know exactly how he’s going to run. He knows exactly how I’m going to run. That’s the fun of the cat and mouse game between him and myself. We’ll see how it plays out and there’s going to be a couple of great kickers there to go with us.

Let’s hope Symmonds and Solomon can take gold and silver on Tuesday. We’ll keep you updated with the results.

[Source: Oregon Live]

Topics: IAAF World Championships, Moscow, Nick Symmonds

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