Symmonds runs just fast enough to qualify for 800 final

LONDON - Willamette University grad and Oregon resident Nick Symmonds on Tuesday edged his way into the 800 meter final.

Symmonds finished third in his semi-final heat where the top two finishers automatically qualified for the final.

Luckily for Symmonds, the next two overall fastest times also earned a spot. He grabbed the second to last qualifying spot with a run of 1:44.87.

American Duane Solomon clinched the last finals spot with a run of 1:44.93.

Symmonds lives and trains in Springfield, Ore. and is originally from Boise, Idaho. He won 7 NCAA Division III titles during his time at Willamette.

His personal best in the 800 is 1:43.78.

During the final, Symmonds and Solomon will be going up against current world record holder David Rudisha from Kenya. His world record time is 1:41.01.

The final will be run at noon Pacific Time on Thursday.