Athlete Quotes - Women's 800m Final
Hazel Clark, Olympic Qualifier, First Place
"It was all about the will to win at the end. It was tough there at the end but I was very excited."
"At the end I was hurting, but I had that will to gut it out and make it to the line, that's it."
"This is my third trials, third Olympic team, and I have gotten first two times. That's a hard thing to do in this country so I am very excited."
"I'm going for it. I want to bring a medal back to this country."
"Obviously I am a three-time Olympian now. Very, very exciting. It takes a lot of hard work and discipline to maintain over three Olympic Trials and make three teams, as you know. I am excited to make this team. I think we are taking a great team over there. It is a dream come true to win and make the team. With these three young ladies, it is really, really exciting.”
Alice Schmidt, Olympic Qualifier, Second Place
"As you mentioned, this is my first team. My last Olympic Trials, I didn't make the final, but since graduating college I have been in the top three for other world championship teams. I kind of know what is expected of me. Obviously, the Olympic year is another big media frenzy. I am looking forward to representing the United State and having this experience under my belt and hopefully having some more teams in the future."
"I am not faulting anyone for being in the final. I would have clawed my way into the final too, so I don't hold anything against them. Knowing that there were 12 people there, I think my strategy was at least I just need to get out hard and push the pace early so that it stretched it out a little bit and hopefully the people that have run under two will sort of separate themselves and it won't be as packed up and too much jostling. It made a lot of sense to me expecting the race to go out quickly."
"Shalane [Flanagan] has already made an Olympic team. She was obviously on the team in 2004 and then, on top of it, she won the 10k the other night. She is a huge fan of mine. I am a huge fan of hers. She is always really positive. Although we don't train together now, we still keep in good touch."
Kameisha Bennett, Third Place
"I didn't make the "A" standard tonight, because I had a baby this year. I'm not really disappointed and I'm going to take it day by day. It was a quick race today. If the pace was smoother I think I could have run faster."
"I knew this was my last opportunity to run the "A" standard and my goal was to break 2 minutes, but I have come a long way. My youngest son is 16 months, so for me to run 2:01.00 today, I am happy for that. To get into the top-three is great."
Nicole Teter, Olympic Qualifier, Fourth Place
"I knew immediately that I would be on the team because I looked at the times. I was really tired, but I'm just really excited to be representing my country again. It has been a tough road to get here, but I am a two-time Olympian and cannot wait to get to China."
"Just like anyone out here, I have had a lot of hurdles to jump, but you know what it doesn't matter and I am excited to be on the Olympic team."
"It's tough to be in my position and I do feel for (Bennett) because we all deserve to make this team. Things happen for a reason and we are all here because we worked really hard."