Uceny, Manzano Win Olympic Trials 1500m Finals
By Mario Fraioli, Competitor
EUGENE, Ore. — Beginning her finishing kick with a little more than a lap to go, Morgan Uceny seized the lead at the bell and held it all the way to the finish line, holding off eventual second and third-place finishers Shannon Rowbury and Jenny Simpson to win the women’s 1500 meter final here at Hayward Field in 4 minutes, 4.59 seconds.
“I didn’t know what to expect,” Uceny said in the post-race press conference. “The whole time I knew that I had these extra gears and that I felt really good and so I was being really aware of who was around me and behind me and what was coming up. On that last lap I knew that as long as I kept my nerves and kept calm and pressed a little bit that I would be OK.”
Rowbury was the runner-up, running 4:05.11 to qualify for her second-straight Olympic team, while Simpson, the reigning world champion, was third in 4:05.17.
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