PR: 800m - 1:42.82 (2012)
Current Residence: Los Angeles, Calif.
Hometown: Lompoc, Calif.
High School: Cabrillo (Lompoc, Calif.) H.S.
College: University of Southern California
Coach: Johnny Gray
Agent: Kimberly Holland
Two-time USA Indoor champion – 2011 (1:48.03); 2012 (1:48.58)
2010 USA Outdoor runner-up (1:47.16)
2010 USA Indoor runner-up (1:48.41)
Third at 2012 Olympic Trials (1:44.65)
2006 NACAC U23 800m champion (1:48.96)
Third at 2008 NCAA Outdoors (1:45.71)
Third at 2007 USA Outdoors (1:45.69)
A veteran of a pair of World Indoor Championships team (’10, ’12) and the 2007 World Outdoor Championships team, Duane Solomon finally punched his ticket to his first Olympic Games in the 800m. The 1:44.65 he ran to place third at the Olympic Trials was a big personal best for Solomon... for a short time. At the Olympic Games, he crushed that personal best with a time of 1:42.82 to place fourth in the men's 800m final. It was the second fastest time in U.S. history behind only his coach, Johnny Grey. A sociology major with a heavy interest in the music production industry, Solomon graduated from the University of Southern California in 2008. Solomon has spent a good portion of his career as one of the top 800m runners in the country. Over the past three seasons he has claimed a pair of USA Indoor titles along with USA Outdoor and USA Indoor runner-up finishes. He also claimed the NACAC U23 title in the 800m when he was just a sophomore in 2006.
2013: 1st at Glasgow British Athletics International Match indoor 600m (1:15.70); 2nd at Millrose Games 600m (1:16.04)
2012: 4th in Olympic Games final (1:42.82); 3rd at Olympic Trials (1:44.65); USA Indoor champion (1:48.58); 1st at Victoria International Track Classic (1:46.14); 3rd at Monaco (1:43.44)
2011: USA Indoor champion (1:48.03); 1st at New Balance Indoor Grand Prix 600m (1:17.00)
2010: USA Outdoor runner-up (1:47.16); USA Indoor runner-up (1:48.41); 5th in semi-final at World Indoor Championships; 1st at Los Angeles USATF High Performance (1:46.48)
2009: 1st at Mt. SAC Relays (1:46.85); 1st at Stanford Jordan Payton Invitational (1:47.36); 1st at Santa Monica (1:46.82)
2008: 6th at Olympic Trials (1:45.78); 3rd at NCAA Outdoors (1:45.71); NCAA West Regional runner-up (1:48.52)
2007: PAC-10 Outdoor runner-up (1:47.94); NCAA West Regional runner-up (1:49.69); Third at USA Outdoors (1:45.69); 6th in heats at World Outdoor Championships (1:48.95)
2006: NACAC U23 champion (1:48.96); PAC-10 Outdoor champion (1:48.03); NCAA West Regional champion (1:47.87); Fifth at NCAA Outdoors (1:47.45); Seventh at USA Outdoors (1:47.54)
USA/World Rankings and Personal Bests
2012: Indoor bests - 1:48.58; Outdoor bests - 1:42.82 (No. 1 in the USA, No. 5 in the world), ranked No. 1 in the USA & ranked No. 7 in the world by T&FN)
2011: Indoor bests - 1:48.03 (No. 7 in the USA, No. 31 in the world); Outdoor bests - 1:45.86
2010: Indoor bests - 1:48.41 (No. 10 in the USA, No. 43 in the world); Outdoor bests - 1:45.23 (No. 5 in the USA, No. 25 in the world, ranked No. 4 in the USA by T&FN)
2009: Outdoor bests - 1:46.82
2008: Outdoor bests - 1:45.71 (No. 9 in the USA)
2007: Outdoor bests - 1:45.69 (No. 5 in the USA, No. 37 in the world)
2006: Outdoor bests - 1:47.45