Nick Symmonds knows these Olympic Games are his best chance to medal. But the 28-year-old Boise native, Bishop Kelly High graduate and two-time Olympian faces a strong field in Thursdays 800-meter final in London.
Symmonds will start in Lane 8, the next-to-last outside lane. He qualified seventh among eight men in the final.
The race begins at 1 p.m. MDT.
NBC will televise the race as part of its primetime coverage and you can watch live online at NBCOlympics.com. Or check IdahoStatesman.com for results.
Symmonds has the sixth-fastest personal best and the sixth-fastest season best in the field. Heavy gold medal favorite David Rudisha of Kenya set the world record at 1 minute, 41.01 seconds. No one, including Symmonds, has a personal best within a second of Rudishas record.
Rudishas season-best time 1:41.54 is a second and a half better than anybody else in the field. Six men in the field have season bests between 1:43.11 and 1.43.94. Symmonds season-best time is 1.43.78, just .02 off his personal best.
Its got to be a 1:43 to have any shot. Ive proven I can run a 1:43, Symmonds said before the Games.
Symmonds ran the 400 meters in a warm-up meet in Dublin to help get acclimated to a faster pace earlier in the race. It was his professional debut in the event. Symmonds is known for his late kick in the 800.
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