Walker's Pace: On to 1,500 Semis for Centro, Wheating
Friday, August 3, 2012
Matthew Centrowitz and Andrew Wheating both advanced to the semifinals of the men's 1,500 meters, while Brianne Theisen had a solid first day in the heptathlon Friday at the London Olympics.
The two Duck alums took very different routes to Sunday's semifinals. In the opening round of the men's 1,500, Centrowitz was strong throughout his heat, but had to hurdle around a runner who fell in front of him late in the race and recover to finish fifth in heat three. His time was 3:41.39 in the slowest of the three heats.
That ended up being crucial for Wheating, who was the final runner to advance on time. Wheating may have been a little late with his kick at the end of his race and that nearly proved costly for the three-time NCAA champion. Instead, his seventh-place finish of 3:40.92 stood up as the last qualifier on time.
The top six runners from each heat automatically advanced, with the next six fastest times also moving on. The other five runners who advanced on time all came from heat one, where Leo Manzano was fifth (3:37.00), meaning all three Americans advanced to the semifinals.
Meanwhile, in the heptathlon, Brianne Theisen completed a solid first day in 15th place with 3,763 points. She opened by running 13.30 in the 100 meter hurdles.
She just missed a heptathlon PR in the high jump by one centimeter, clearing 1.83m/6-0. She then threw 12.89m/42-3.5 in the shot put before running 24.35 in the 200 meters to wrap up day one.
Saturday, Theisen concludes the heptathlon, while Galen Rupp is in the men's 10,000 meter final and Becky Holliday begins the qualifying rounds of the women's pole vault.
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