Two-time USA Outdoor 1,500m champion – 2009 (3:41.68); 2010 (3:50.83)
2012 USA Indoor 3,000m runner-up (7:51.75)
Third 2008 Olympic Trials 1,500m (3:41.00)
Third at 2012 Olympic Trials 5,000m (13:24.47)
2007 NCAA Outdoor 1,500m champion (3:37.07)
2007 NCAA Indoor 3,000m champion (7:49.74)
Third at 2007 NCAA Cross Country Championships (29:45)
Awards and Honors
2012 Visa Humanitarian of the Year
2007 NCAA Mountain Region Male Track Athlete of the Year
The U.S. delegation flag bearer during the opening ceremonies at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, Lopez Lomong has overcome an overwhelming array of obstacles in becoming a top American middle distance runner. When he was six years old, in 1991, his family fled Kimotong, Sudan, on foot to avoid an attack by the militia group, the Janjaweed. Lomong and his family ran for three days in the African wilderness to avoid the attackers. After being separated from his family upon arrival at the Sudan-Kenya border, he lived in a refugee camp run by Catholic missionaries for 10 years. Despite being separated from his family as one of the “Lost Boys of Sudan,” Lomong says he is considered one of the lucky children as thousands of boys drowned, were eaten by wild animals or were shot by military forces. An essay that he wrote in 2001 about what he would strive to accomplish if he lived in America prompted officials to give him that chance. Lomong was moved to the U.S. to live with a foster family in Tully, N.Y., and became one of the 3,800 resettled youngsters known as the “Lost Boys of Sudan.” Lomong became a U.S. citizen in July 2007, while becoming a star middle distance runner at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. Lomong, who turned pro after the 2007 NCAA Cross Country Championships, has fulfilled his dream to represent the USA in international competition, his way to thank those who have helped him. "I came to this country without expecting anything," said Lomong to USA TODAY. "Now I want to return the favor by being a good runner." Away from the track, Lomong, who enjoys hip-hop music, studied hotel management because he hopes to return to Africa to help revitalize the continent's tourism. He also wants to assist families confronted with multiple challenges in his home country. In an effort to give back, Lomong was named the Visa Humanitarian of the Year in 2012 for establishing the Lopez Lomong Foundation and teaming with World Vision to launch the 4 South Sudan campaign to provide access to clean water, offer families basic health care, give children access to education and provide life saving nutrition.
2013: 9th at Prefontaine Classic Mile (3:51.45); 5th at Oxy HP 1st at Seattle Husky 1,500m (3:37.08); Classic indoor 800m (1:46.53); Millrose Games Wanamaker Mile champion (3:51.21); 1st at New York Columbia Qualifier indoor 5,000m (13:07.00)
2012: 10th in Olympic Games 5,000m (13:48.19); 3rd at Olympic Trials 5,000m (13:24.47); 15th at Pre Classic (3:55.14); 3rd at USATF High Performance 800m (1:46.21);1st at Payton Jordan Invite 5,000m (13:11.63); 6th at World Indoor Championships 3,000m (7:44.16); USA Indoor 3,000m runner-up (7:51.75); 1st in Seattle Husky Classic (1:47.87)
2011: 7th at USA Outdoors in 1,500m (3:48.54); 3rd at Stanford Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational in 1,500m (3:39.67); 1st at Rieti (7:50.36).
2010: USA Outdoor champion in 1,500m (3:50.83); 6th at Monaco (3:32.20 PR); 7th at Pre Classic in mile (3:53.18).
2009: 1st at USA Outdoors (3:41.68); 8th at World Outdoors (3:37.62); 4th at adidas Track Classic (3:39.21); 7th at Monaco (3:32.94); 3rd at London (3:53.35).
2008: 12th in semifinals at Olympic Games (3:41.00); 3rd at Olympic Trials in 1,500m (3:41.00); 5th at Olympic Trials in 800m (1:45.58); 5th at Nike Prefontaine Classic (3:53.97); 4th at adidas Track Classic (3:36.36).
2007: NCAA Outdoor 1,500m champion (3:37.07); NCAA Indoor 3,000m champion (7:49.74); 5th at USA Outdoor Champs (1:45.79); 3rd at NCAA D-I Cross Country Champs (29:45).
2006: 4th at NCAA Cross Country Champs (30:59).
USA/World Rankings and Personal Bests
2012: Indoor bests – 3,000m, 7:44.16 (No. 2 in the USA, No. 24 in the world); Outdoor bests – mile, 3:55.14 (No. 5 in the USA, No. 26 in the world); 5,000m, 13:11.63 (No. 3 in the USA by T&FN, No. 41 in the world)
2011: Outdoor bests – 1,500m, 3:33.59 (No. 2 in the USA, No. 22 in the world, ranked No. 6 in the USA by T&FN); mile, 3:53.85 (No. 4 in the USA, No. 18 in the world); 3,000m 7:50.36 (No. 3 in the USA)
2010: Outdoor bests – 1,500m, 3:32.20 (No. 2 in the USA, No. 10 in the world, ranked No. 3 in the USA by T&FN); mile, 3:53.18 (No. 3 in the USA, No. 15 in the world)
2009: Outdoor bests – 1,500m, 3:32.94 (No. 2 in the USA by T&FN, No. 17 in the world); mile, 3:53.35 (No. 3 in the USA, No. 14 in the world); 800m, 1:46.72 (No. 13 in the USA)
2008: Outdoor bests –1,500m, 3:36.36 (No. 4 in the USA, ranked No. 2 in the USA by T&FN); mile, 3:53.97 (No. 1 in the USA, No. 13 in the world); 800m, 1:45.58 (No. 8 in the USA, No. 41 in the world)
2007: Indoor bests – 3,000m, 7:49.74 (No. 5 in the USA, No. 34 in the world); Outdoor bests – 800m, 1:45.79 (No. 6 in the USA, No. 39 in the world); mile, 3:58.54 (No. 14 in the USA, No. 40 in the world); 1,500m, 3:37.07 (No. 8 in the USA, ranked No. 3 in the USA by T&FN)
2006: Indoor bests – 800m, 1:50.95; Outdoor bests – 800m, 1:47.00; 1,500m, 3:45.96; 3,000m, 8:20.01; mile, 4:05.01