Rookie Johnny Gregorek Is Lone American In World 1500m Final
The 25-year-old picked his competitors off one-by-one in the final 400m to move up in the field and cross the line in seventh place, two spots outside of automatic advancement. His time of 3:38.68 was faster than everyone in heat one and so he -- along with Olympic bronze medalist Nick Willis of New Zealand -- advanced to the final based on time.
Over the last 400m, he told himself, "'C'mon, Johnny G!'" he revealed to Lewis Johnson after the race.
He ran in the second heat, just minutes after U.S. champion Robby Andrews dropped out of his semi-final with just over a lap remaining when his calf muscle cramped. Yesterday, track nation was shocked to see reigning Olympic champion Matthew Centrowitz eliminated from worlds with a last-place performance in his preliminary race.
Men's 1500m finalists:
|1||Jakub Holuša||Czech Republic||3:38.05Q|
|6||Nicholas Willis||New Zealand||3:38.68q|