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SPECIAL Coverage: U.S. Olympic Team Trials

Date: 
07/06/2008 - 16:25

M1500TeamOlympicTrials08.jpg In perhaps the most tactical race of these Olympic Trials, world champion Bernard Lagat . . . went to the lead at the gun in the men's 1500m, but 2000 Olympic Trials champion Gabe Jennings sprinted to the lead after 200m. Running 60-second laps, the tightly packed field came through 800m in 2:00.70 with Jennings, Lagat, Said Ahmed, Leonel Manzano and Lopez Lomong at the front. Approximately 1,000m into the race, Ahmed literally pushed his way between Jennings and Lagat to take the lead, and the race was on. . .

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Three-time U.S. runner-up Anthony Famiglietti won his first national title since 2002 in the men's steeplechase in bold, front-running form. Fam took the lead early and ran alone throughout the race, running 8:16 pace for all but the final two laps. Although he slowed somewhat in the final 800, Fam won easily in 8:20.24, with William Nelson (8:21.47) outsprinting Josh McAdams (8:21.99) for third.

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Willard claims American record! In its first year as an Olympic event, the women's steeplechase enjoyed its finest night ever on American soil. Collegiate record holder Jenny Barringer of Colorado took the early lead in the race, keeping the pace honest and right on tap toward breaking the American record of 9:28.75, held by Lisa Galaviz. Trailing closely behind Barringer were 2007 NCAA champion Anna Willard and 2007 NCAA runner-up Lindsey Anderson.

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