Lomong Places 12th in Olympic Semifinals
Aug. 17, 2008
BEIJING, China - With a 12th-place finish in the 1500-meter semifinals, Lopez Lomong's Olympic run came to an end on Sunday, Aug. 17, in at the National Stadium in Beijing. Lomong, who trains at the Academy with Air Force second-year cross country coach John Hayes, clocked a time of 3:41.00 to place 12th in the first heat of semifinal action.
None of the three American representatives were able to advance to the finals of the 1500. Bernard Lagat placed sixth (3:37.79) in the second semifinal heat, falling one spot behind a place-qualification and just 0.02 shy of a time-qualification. Leonel Manzano finished 12th in the second heat with a time of 3:50.33.