Friday, August 3, 2012

2012 Olympian: Lopez Lomong

Flag-bearer in 2008, Lopez Lomong, 27 — a Sudanese native by way of New York, Arizona, and now Oregon — is looking to become a medal-wearer in 2012. With legitimate chops at 1500 (Olympic and World Championships finalist), and demonstrated strength at longer distances (placed 3rd and 4th at the 10k NCAA Cross Country Championships), the tactical nature of Olympic competition should suit him well. Lomong’s personal best came in his first-ever high-level 5000m and easily cleared the Olympic ‘A’-standard by some 8-plus seconds, offering another suggestion of great potential at longer distances, after his 6th-place finish in the 3000m at the World Indoor Championships this March. His PB of 3:32.20 for 1500m will rank among the best of all 5000m competitors in London, and make him a potent threat over the final lap of any race.

Men’s 5000m – Prelims = Wednesday, August 8th, 05:45 EST
Men’s 5000m – FINAL = Saturday, August 11th, 14:30 EST

Personal Best = 13:11.63 (Stanford, 2012)
Season Best = 13:11.63

Rank Among Olympic Entrants = 17th (season best), 27th (lifetime best)

Previous Global Championships
Istanbul, 2012 = 6th, 3000m indoors
Berlin, 2009
 = 8th, 1500m
Beijing, 2008 = 12th (semis), 1500m

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