Thursday, August 20, 2009

Ryan Brown does not advance in first round of 800m...

BERLIN, Germany--Ryan Brown, a former NCAA champion at 800 meters from the University of Washington out of Renton High School, competed in the third of seven heats of the 800 meter run Thursday morning at the Berlin Olympiastadion, but was not able to advance to Friday night's semi-finals.

Brown clocked a time of 1:46.92 to finish fifth in his heat, won by Canada's Gary Reed in 1:45.76, with 2004 Olympic champ Yuriy Borzakovskiy second in 1:45.86.

Brown was thrown off stride at the beginning of the second lap (above/photo by Paul Merca) when Germany's Robin Schembera fell in front of him. Brown managed to hurdle past the German and regained contact with the lead group, but may have expended extra energy in trying to catch up with the pack.

At the time of Schembera's fall, Brown was positioned around sixth place.

Washington State grad Bernard Lagat returns to the track later this evening to run in the first round of the men's 5000 meter run, an event in which he's the reigning world champion.

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