Symmonds Set to Run in Preliminary Heats at Olympic Games

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

BEIJING, CHINA -- Former Willamette University runner Nick Symmonds '06 (Boise, ID/Bishop Kelly HS) is set to compete in the preliminary heats of the 800-meter run at the Olympic Games on Wednesday, Aug. 20. Action in the 800 is scheduled to begin at 4 a.m. Pacific Time. Symmonds is slated to run in the fourth of eight heats.

We will post Nick's results as soon as possible following the preliminary heats. The top two winners in each heat will advance to the semifinals, along with the next eight fastest times. There will be three heats in the semifinals, which are set for Thursday, Aug. 21. The finals will be held on Saturday, Aug. 23.

Symmonds is one of two athletes in Heat #4 who have recorded Top 10 times this season. Symmonds ranks 10th in the world this year at 1:44.10 (Olympic Trials) and Alfred Kirwa Yego of Kenya ranks ninth (1:44.01). Other competitors in the heat will be Derek Mandell of Guam, Dinh Cong Nguyen of Vietnam, Mouhssin Chehibi of Morocco, Andy Gonzalez of Cuba, Eduard Villanueva of Venezuela, and Antonio Manuel Reina of Spain.

Broadcast times for the preliminary races and the semifinal heats have not been determined. NBC is scheduled to show the finals during its prime time evening coverage on Saturday.

Photo courtesy of the U.S. Olympic Committee

Nick Symmonds '06 is ready for action at the Olympics in Beijing.

Nick Symmonds '06 is ready for action at the Olympics in Beijing.