2012 Morton Games Recap & Results
July 25, 2012 | Dublin, Ireland

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Monaco may have been the last pre-London Diamond League meet but many middle distance Olympians took to the track for the Morton Games in Dublin, Ireland for final tuneup races before they head to the Olympic Village for the Opening Ceremonies.

Symmonds drops down


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The most anticipated race coming in was the men's 400 meters where Nick Symmonds was making his professional debut in the quarter-mile. The U.S. 800 meter champion finished in a time of 47.45 seconds, right around the 46 high-to-47 second range that many had predicted.

It's hard to tell exactly what the time means for Symmonds given the variables of a dead start in the open 400. Knowing his max quarter speed should give Symmonds confidence when he comes through halfway an 800 in 50 seconds knowing he has more left in the tank.

Results:
1. Gregan 45.61
2. Al Mirjabi 46.55
3. Murphy 46.63
4. Druce 47.43
5. Symmonds 47.45
6. Kervick 48.35
7. Kanonik 48.69
8. Maze 49.10



Leer edges Torrence in mile; 10 men go sub-4


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David Torrence was initially ruled the winner of the Morton Mile but a closer examination of the photo finish awarded the win to Will Leer in 3.56.39, just one-hundredth ahead of Torrence. Aussie Olympian Ryan Gregson was third with American Craig Miller fourth. NC State's Ryan Hill continued his stellar European season with a fifth place finish and new personal best of 3.56.78. A total of 10 men broke the four minute barrier.

Men's Mile Results: (video)

1. Leer 3.56.39
2. Torrence 3.56.40
3. Gregson 3.56.45
4. Miller 3.56.49
5. Hill 3.56.78
6. O'Lionaird 3.57.02
7. Heath 3.57.18
8. Stevenson 3.57.57
9. Kisorio 3.57.63
10. Robinson 3.58.47




Centro sets 800 meter PB


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Matt Centrowitz bounced back off a poor race at the London Grand Prix with a new 800 meter personal best of 1:47.72. The 2011 world bronze medalist appears to be sharp and ready for the 1500 meter prelims on August 3.

Men's 800 Results:
1. Centrowitz 1:47.72
2. Grice 1:48.06
3. Smith 1:49.06
4. McBrearty 1:49.08
5. Cook 1:49.19


Schappert gets mile win over host of Olympians


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New Jersey-New York Track Club's Nicole Schappert earned the win in the women's mile in a meet record 4:30.65. She defeated a number of athletes headed to the Olympic Games including Australia's Zoe Buckman (2nd, 4:30.86) and Gen LaCaze (3rd, 4:32.19) and U.S. steeplechasers Emma Coburn (5th, 4:33.24) and Shalaya Kipp (10th, 4:40.31).

Women's Mile Results: (video)
1. Schappert 4:30.65
2. Buckman 4:30.86
3. Lacaze 4:32.19
4. Capkova 4:32.69
5. Coburn 4:33.24
6. Tomlin 4:34.39
7. Waite 4:35.42
8. Praught 4:35.96
9. Wellings 4:36.83
10. Kipp 4:40.31
11. Cheever 4:42.44



True holds off Heath in 3k record breaking time


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After running a 5k PR of 13:20.53 last week, Ben True continued his strong European season with a win in the 3000 meters over recent Stanford grad Elliott Heath. His winning time of 7:44.40 shattered Eamonn Coghlan's stadium record by 12 seconds.

Men's 3k Results: (video)
1. True 7:44.40
2. Heath 7:45.26
3. Curtis 7:54.25
4. Pfieger 7:58.25
5. Mullet 7:58.65
6. Hicks 8:01.99
7. Bradley 8:04.52
8. Jarvis 8:07.25
9. Mulhare 8:07.54
10. Cornwall 8:11.04



Bishop runs fastest 800 time


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The women's 800 meters was split into two sections with Canadian Olympian Melissa Bishop running 2:01.80 for the fastest time of the day. Gabe Anderson won the other heat in 2:02.99.

Heat 1 Results:
1. Anderson 2:02.99
2. Smith 2:03.51
3. Eviston 2:03.99
4. Van Daken 2:04.53
5. Jelegat 2:04.78
6. MacLean 2:05.39

Heat 2 Results:
1. Bishop 2:01.80
2. Cummins 2:02.91
3. Simpson 2:03.06
4. Berkerit 2:03.41
5. Mackey 2:03.86
6. Drumm 2:04.51

Find full results from the Morton Games here: