Aug 13, 2013 2:43 PM by Andrew Masuda
Lompoc native Duane Solomon had a gold medal in sight, but the USA champion faded down the stretch and finished sixth in the men's 800 meters final at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow, Russia on Tuesday.
The 28 year old took the early lead and led headed into the final straight away, but he could not keep up with the kick of his competitors.
Ethiopian Mohammed Aman edged American Nick Symmonds to the finish to capture the gold medal with a time of 1:43.31. Symmonds earned the silver, the first by an American male in the event at Worlds since 1997, with a time of 1:43.55. Ayanleh Souleiman finished third for the bronze medal in 1:43.76.
Solomon finished sixth with a time of 1:44.42 and missed a spot on the podium by .67 of a second. It marked a disappointing finish for Solomon, who entered Worlds with the fastest time in the world this season at 1:43.27. He was making his first appearance at Worlds for Team USA since 2007.
The Cabrillo High graduate won his preliminary and semifinal heat and was considered a serious threat for a gold medal headed into Tuesday's final. He finished fourth in the 2012 London Olympics.
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