Symmonds Advances to Semifinals at World Track and Field Championships

By Robert McKinney, Athletics Communications Director, (503) 370-6110

OSAKA, JAPAN -- Former Willamette University runner Nick Symmonds ('06, Boise, ID/Bishop Kelly HS) took second place in his preliminary heat to advance to the semifinals of the 800-meter run at the IAAF World Track and Field Championships on Thursday, Aug. 30, in Osaka, Japan. Symmonds will compete in the second of three semifinal heats on Friday, Aug. 31.

In his preliminary heat, Symmonds recorded a time of 1:46.16 to finish less than two-tenths of a second behind Amine Laalou of Marocco, whose winning time was 1:46.00. Symmonds was one one-hundredth of a second in front of Kleberson Davide of Brazil, who finished third in 1:46.17. The fastest time from any of the six preliminary heats was 1:45.25 by Youssef Saad Kamel of Bahrain.

Laalou and Symmonds will run in the same heat once again in the semifinals, as they have been assigned to Heat #2. USA Track and Field outdoor champion Khadevis Robinson achieved a time of 1:45.78 in his preliminary heat and also advanced to the semifinals. He will run in Heat #1.

Defending Olympic champion Yuriy Borzakovsky of Russia, who Symmonds defeated earlier this year at the Prefontaine Classic, took second in the fifth preliminary heat. Borzakovsky will compete in semifinal Heat #3.

Symmonds' career-best time in the 800-meter run is 1:44.54. The World Championship finals in the event are set for Sunday, Sept. 2.