U of M Women - Eccleston Finishes Just Shy of Olympic Qualification at U.S. Trials
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July 10, 2016
What You Need to Know
» Amanda Eccleston ran in the 1,500-meter race at the U.S. Olympic Trials on Sunday (July 10), finishing in fourth place, a heartbreaking result as a top-three finish would have taken her to Rio.
» Eccleston, who trains under associate head coach Mike McGuire, finished in 4:16.19, just .03 seconds behind the third-place finisher.
• U-M at the Olympics
EUGENE, Ore. -- University of Michigan alumna Amanda Eccleston (2013) finished in fourth place of the 1,500-meter race at the U.S. Olympic Trials on Sunday (July 10), coming one spot shy of earning a place on Team USA for the 2016 Rio Games while running at historic Hayward Field.
With a top-three placing sealing an automatic spot on the U.S. Olympic Team, Eccleston executed a brilliant race and gave her best effort in pursuit of her Olympic goal.
She worked in lane two early, on the outside shoulder of the leaders and pushed herself into a top-six position in the opening lap.
The pace was reserved across the first several laps, before it quickened after the bell, and Eccleston closed in 60.83 on the final lap. Across the last 300 meters, Eccleston followed eventual bronze medalist Brenda Martinez to make a move from the top seven racers into the top five. On the final turn, she made another move on the outside and pushed through a physical lead pack with elbows jostling left and right.
The top two spots were sealed by Jenny Simpson (gold) and Shannon Rowbury (silver) on the final home stretch, but Eccleston and Martinez flew past Morgan Uceny and Alexa Efraimson on the straightaway and made it a two-woman race for the bronze medal and final qualifying spot for Rio.
By just three one-hundredths of a second, Martinez out-leaned Eccleson, diving across the line to finish in 4:06.16, while Eccleston crossed at 4:06.19.
The opening ceremonies for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio are scheduled to begin Aug. 5, 2016.
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