EUGENE, Ore. — Jenny Simpson earned her third trip to the Olympic Games on Sunday afternoon, winning the 1,500-meter run at the U.S. Olympic Team Track & Field Trials.
Simpson ran a brilliant race, finishing in 4:04.74. She came through the first 300 meters in 50.56, which was third and by 700 meters, Simpson was second. About 100 meters later, Simpson made her move to the front, taking the lead from another former Buff, Sara Vaughn. As the field entered the bell lap, Simpson was off, running the final 400 meters in 59.97, and easily defeated the runner-up, Shannon Rowbury, who clocked in at 4:05.39.
“Everybody talks about how making the team is a relief,” Simpson said. “But the hardest thing is you are the one who has to prove it to you. You’re the one who is standing at the starting line, and you’re the one who has to believe ‘I’m 1,500 meters away from another team.’ I’m just so grateful I proved to myself that I could do it.”
Vaughn, who came in ranked 29th, comes home with seventh overall, finishing with a time of 4:10.28, while another former Buff, Sara Sutherland, was ninth (4:10.70).
Simpson will join New Balance teammate and training partner Emma Coburn at the Olympic Summer Games in Rio De Janeiro. They are the only runners from Colorado to make the trip. Round 1 of the Women’s 1500m will be held on Friday, August 12. Saturday August 13, will be the first round of the 3000m Steeplechase.
Photos of the Women’s 1500m Olympic Trials Final
All photos by Dave Albo | Lane1photos.com
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