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Jul 26, 2013 8:34 PM by Andrew Masuda

Solomon outkicked, finishes second in final tune-up for Worlds

Lompoc native Duane Solomon could not hold onto the lead in the final 50 meters and settled for second place in the men's 800 meters at the Diamond League Meet in London on Friday. The race took place on the same track where Solomon finished fourth at the 2012 London Olympics.

Solomon led the pack into the final turn with his rival and fellow American Nick Symmonds right behind him. Symmonds started his kick right after the final turn and pulled away at the end to win with a season-best time of 1:43.67. Solomon finished in second in 1:44.12. Fellow American Brandon Johnson came in third at 1:44.19. All three will represent the United States at next month's IAAF World Championships in Russia.

Solomon still owns the world's best time this season of 1:43.27, which he ran last month to capture his first career USA outdoor title. The Cabrillo High graduate snapped Symmonds' streak of five straight USA outdoor titles in the 800.

However, it was Symmonds who scored revenge in London by edging Solomon on the very same track where they finished 5th and 4th in the 800 final at last year's Olympics.

The IAAF World Championships start August 9 in Moscow, Russia. The men's 800 preliminary heats will take place on opening day.

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