EUGENE, Ore. -- Willamette University star NickSymmonds used his famous final-lap kick to blaze to victory in the Men's 800 meters race in Monday's final event at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, earning him a return trip to the Summer Olympic Games.
Symmonds outdistanced the competition in a time of 1:43.92, thanks to a blistering 27.9 second final 200-meter kick. Khadevis Robinson finished second in 144.64, with former USCstar Duane Solomon third, .01 back.
PHOTO GALLERY: Symmonds blazes to victory
Symmonds once again thrilled the partisan crowd at Hayward Field with his blazing kick.
The community has really embraced me, Symmonds said afterwards. They give me a huge shot of adrenaline, which gives me a great advantage.
Symmonds led a sensational and memorable 1-2-3 Oregon sweep of the 800 meters at the Olympic Trials in Eugene back in 2008. This time, Symmonds has hopes for not merely competing but medaling in London.
I want to bring a medal back so badly, said Symmonds, who noted that there are twenty-four guys in the semis that can win.
It's going to come down to a lot of luck and a lot of timing. But once you make the finals, it's anyone's race.