Symmonds Finishes Sixth in 800-Meter Finals at World Championships

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

BERLIN, GERMANY -- Nick Symmonds '06 placed sixth in the finals of the 800-meter run at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships in track and field on Sunday, Aug. 23. Symmonds, who won seven individual NCAA national titles as a runner at Willamette University, ran a competitive race and was only a few yards behind the winner, Mbulaeni Mulaudzi of South Africa.

Mulaudzi held off the field in a time of 1:45.29. Symmonds achieved a time of 1:45.71, as he finished 0.42 seconds behind Mulaudzi. A total of seven runners completed the race in less than 1:46.

Symmonds ran most of the race in second place behind Mulaudzi. The pair avoided getting boxed in by staying in front of the field, which included 10 athletes. Several runners, including Alfred Kirwa Yego of Kenya and Yusuf Saad Kamel of Bahrain, surged toward the front down the final stretch. Yego claimed the silver medal and Kamel earned the bronze, as both finished at 1:45.35.

Yuriy Borzakovskiy of Russia was fourth in 1:45.57 and Amine Laalou of Morocco was fifth with a time of 1:45.66. Symmonds cross the finish line just 0.05 seconds later, while Bram Som of the Netherlands took seventh place in 1:45.86.

Marcin Lewandowski from Poland was eighth at 1:46.17. Jackson Mumbwa Kivuva of Kenya was ninth at 1:46.39 and Yeimer Lopez of Cuba took 10th in 1:47.80.

It was the first international championship final for Symmonds, who previously advanced to the semifinals at the World Championships in Osaka, Japan, in 2007 and also reached the semifinals at the Olympic Games in Beijing, China, in 2008.

At Willamette, Symmonds won four NCAA Division III national titles in the 800-meter run. He also won three NCAA championships in the 1,500-meter run.

IAAF World Championships
800-meter Run - Finals
Berlin, Germany
August 23, 2009
Nick Symmonds took sixth place in the finals of the 800-meter run at the IAAF World Championships.

Nick Symmonds took sixth place in the finals of the 800-meter run at the IAAF World Championships.