With five athletes competing, it was a busy ten days of Olympic athletics competition for Team KIMbia. After a total of eight performances (counting all prelims and finals), Evan Jager came away with the highest finish in his first-ever Olympic Games, finishing sixth in the Men’s Steeplechase, just four seconds out of medal position. The 23-year-old came home in 8:23 .87 having led several of the slow early laps and indicated he learned a lot from the experience of being in a tactical race that closes at sub-60 pace.
Shalane Flanagan took tenth in the marathon after reaching as high as fifth place with just four kilometers to go. Trying to stay within striking distance of a six-woman breakaway near the 25k mark, Shalane eventually paid a heavy for her medal-or-bust mentality, as major cramping caused her to struggle home the final few miles. Shalane and coach Jerry Schumacher were understandably disappointed, what with Flanagan entering the race as a Beijing bronze medalist, but neither expressed any regrets about running aggressively. Likewise, Lopez Lomong was also tenth in his event, the 5000m final. Lomong, a poster-boy for P&G and Visa during the Games, finished less than six seconds from the bronze. Read the full article