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Athlete Quotes - Men's 1500m Quarterfinal

Steve Sherer, Heat 1 (Second Place)

"I was happy. This is the first-time I have ever got out of the first round. I usually let my nerves get the best of me and run out like a scared rabbit, but I'm finally learning how to run a championship round. My goal for the next round is to just place in the top-six."

Lopez Lomong, Heat 2 (First Place)

"This is my race. It felt good."

"It felt great today out there today and we'll just see how it goes tomorrow."

Alan Webb, Heat 3 (First Place)

"This was the first time ever I really looked forward to running the rounds. The way this year has gone I needed to spread my wings and feel good. It was nice to be able to ease up at the end. It's just the quarterfinals and I needed to qualify."

Said Ahmed, Heat 3 (Second Place)

"This crowd is awesome. You can't get tired with this crowd. Making the Olympic team would mean everything to me and just being here means a lot. I'm not taking any of the rounds easy. I want to finish in the top three every time. I had hernia surgery in late February, so I had to go to Kenya to train, because Arkansas is very rainy and cold that time of year. The weather is not guaranteed. I got a new coach and I'm training with a good group."

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