King runs last race at Olympic Trials

From Staff Reports

July 6, 2008 - EUGENE, Ore. - A fall by someone else in the second heat of the 1,500-meter quarterfinals at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials probably prevented Kyle King from advancing to the next round.

King and nine other runners had completed almost 1,000 meters of their 1,500 race on Thursday when another runner, Andrew Acosta, tripped and fell. King, who was running in sixth place in his heat at the time, was directly behind Acosta and had to slow down and dart outside to keep from being tripped himself.

It caused King to drop from sixth in his heat to ninth with about 500 meters remaining. He remained in ninth, finishing in a time of 3 minutes, 45.52 seconds.

He missed advancing to the semifinals by 23-hundredths of a second.

That race ended King's Olympic Trials experience, having ran three races in two different events in a span of six days.

King advanced to the finals of the 5,000-meter run, his best event, on Monday and came in 11th. The semifinals of the 1,500 were contested on Friday, and the finals will be Sunday night.

The top three in each event will represent the United States in the Beijing Olympics, set to begin Aug. 8.

A 1999 graduate of Sulphur Springs High School, King is the first SSHS grad to qualify for the Olympic Trials.

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