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Jun 20, 2013 7:46 PM by Andrew Masuda

Lompoc native Solomon wins heat, advances at USA Championships

Lompoc native Duane Solomon, Jr. cruised into the men's 800 meter semifinals at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa on Thursday afternoon. The Cabrillo High graduate took the early lead in his preliminary heat and never relinquished it. Solomon won his heat with a time of 1:46.39. The top three finishers in each heat automatically qualified for Friday's semifinals. His time was the fastest out of the five preliminary heats.

Solomon is a two-time USA Indoor Champion, but looking for his first USA Outdoor title. The 28 year old finished third at the U.S. Olympic Trials in 2012. The Lompoc native went on to finish fourth in the London Olympics with a personal best time of 1:42.82, which is the second fastest time in U.S. history behind only his coach Johnny Gray.

Earlier this year, he set the American indoor record in the 600 meter run with a time of 1:15.70.

The 800 meter semifinals are set for 6:25 pm California time on Friday. They air live on ESPN2.

The final is Sunday at 1:13 pm California time and it will air live on KSBY.

Solomon is looking to earn a spot on Team USA for the World Championships that will be held in Russia in August.

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