Athlete Quotes - Men's 800m Semifinal
Khadevis Robinson, Heat 1 (winner)
"Today went really well. Yesterday was a shocker for me, but those guys came ready to run. I wasn't ready to run yesterday and that was one of the worst performances I have ever had. Today it felt good and it felt easy."
"If you look at the last couple of championships my races have always gone like this. The crowd support here is amazing."
Andrew Wheating, Heat 1 (2nd)
"It felt pretty good. Before the race, I was feeling terrible, but right now I feel pumped. That last 100 really got me going. I am ready for Monday."
"There were a few people calling my name. I guess I am not a guy from the middle of nowhere now."
"It kind of went well from the start. I did not want to get stuck on the inside and be way back. I was kind of mid-pack through most of the race. I just felt comfortable the whole race. Then the last 100 I did what I needed to do."
Matt Scherer, Heat 1
"This has definitely helped me grow. Just give me more time to get adjusted to this event. The speed is there. There will be another day."
"I feel like I'm in Texas or California. The weather is great, but we haven't had a chance to get used to this in Oregon."
Nick Symmonds, Heat 2 (winner)
"I feel like as long as I'm within a few meters of the leaders with 100 to go, then no one can out-kick me."
On waiting until the last 100 to make a move, being boxed in: "I just like to make it exciting for the fans."
"That's the way I like to run, just picking through people. It tends to open up like that. Usually when you're in the lead, you swing wide in lane one to make it harder for people to get by. I was counting on that. That's where the experienced runners have a huge advantage."
"I feel great. I feel like I just jogged a 1:45.6."
On facing another local favorite in University of Oregon sophomore Andrew Wheating, in the final: "He's got a great kick. I'm looking forward to putting my kick up with his. How exciting would it be if an Oregon Track Club guy and a Duck ended up in Beijing? I'd have my roommate lined up."
"The crowd will be cheering for Wheating, but I know they've got my back, too."
Lopez Lomong, Heat 2 (4th place)
"Another round. I am happy the way everything is going. Things are going the right direction. I am so happy and excited to have a rest and come back strong on Monday."
"It was just one of those days. The thing is, if you don't feel good, you have to protect your territory. That is what I did all the way to the finish. I am happy with fourth. I will feel good on Monday I promise."
Jacob Hernandez, Heat 2
"It's explosive being at the Olympic Trials. The crowd is great. I couldn't ask for anything else."
"Fractions of a second is what it's all about, and unfortunately I came up a little short."