Jul 2, 2013 2:13 AM by Bill Halter
Lompoc native Duane Solomon competed in the 600 meters at the Harry Jerome Track Classic in Vancouver, Canada on Monday with the goal of breaking the world record. Solomon won the Canada Day race easily in a time of 1:13.28 but missed out on the world record by .47 seconds.
The world record holder is Solomon's coach, Johny Gray. Gray ran the 600 meters in 12.81 seconds back in 1981. It was Gray's idea to have Solomon try and break his record in the rarely ran distance. Solomon's time is the second best of all-time.
The 28 year old Cabrillo High School graduate won the 800 meters at the USA Championships on June 23. He will go for a world championship in August at the World Championships in Moscow, Russia. Solomon finished fourth in the 800 meters at the Olympics last year.
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