Posted: Aug 9, 2012 12:37 PM by Andrew Masuda
Updated: Aug 9, 2012 9:09 PM
Lompoc native Duane Solomon, Jr. made a late charge, but missed out on a medal in the men's 800 meter final by .30 of a second.
The 27 year old first-time Olympian set a new personal-best time and finished fourth in 1:42.82. Kenya's Timothy Kitum finished third in 1:42.53.
Kenya's David Rudisha broke his own world record to win the gold with a time of 1:40.91, which bettered his previous mark by .10 of a second. Botswana's Nijel Amos took home the silver and was clocked in 1:41.73.
Fellow American Nick Symmonds finished in fifth place.
Solomon was looking to become the first American male to medal in the 800 since his coach Johnny Gray won a bronze in 1992.
"I didn't really expect it. I figured 1:43 would medal. Man, it's crazy...That just shows you the talent we have and this is a great field. Rudisha showed that he is on another level and is the best in the world. It hurts a little bit because I was so close," Solomon was quoted as saying on the USATF website.
The first Cabrillo High graduate to compete in the Olympics, Solomon broke his previous personal-best of 1:43.44 by .64 of a second. It is the fourth-fastest time ever run by an American. Gray has the top three and the American record of 1:42.60, so Solomon ranks #2 all-time.
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