Symmonds Wins Preliminary Heat at World Championships

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

BERLIN, GERMANY -- Former Willamette University runner Nick Symmonds '06 won his preliminary heat in the 800-meter run at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships in track and field on Thursday, Aug. 20 in Berlin. Symmonds will compete in the semifinals on Friday.

Symmonds won a close heat, as the top three runners finished just 0.08 seconds apart. Symmonds was victorious in 1:47.12, while Belal Mansoor Ali of Bahrain finished in 1:47.16 and Ismail Ahmed Ismail of the Sudan was timed at 1:47.20. All three received automatic berths into the semifinals, along with the top three finishers in each of the other six heats, plus the competitors with the next three fastest times regardless of heat. A total of 24 runners will compete in the semifinals.

Other heat winners were Mbulaeni Mulaudzi from South Africa (1:46.40), Gary Reed of Canada (1:45.76), Yusuf Saad Kamel of Bahrain (1:46.43); Alfred Kirwa Yego of Kenya (1:48.32), David Lekuta Rudisha of Kenya (1:47.83) and Jackson Mumbwa Kivuva of Kenya (1:46.17).

Also advancing into the semifinals for the United States was Khadevis Robinson, who took third place in his heat with a time of 1:46.79. Symmonds will compete in the first semifinal heat on Friday. Robinson will run in the second of the three heats.

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

RACE RESULTS
IAAF World Championships
800-meter Run
Berlin, Germany
August 20, 2009
Nick Symmonds won his preliminary heat at the IAAF World Championships and will compete in the semifinals on Friday, Aug. 21.

Nick Symmonds won his preliminary heat at the IAAF World Championships and will compete in the semifinals on Friday, Aug. 21.