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Athlete Quotes - Men's 1500m Semifinal

Bernard Lagat, Heat 1 (Winner)

"It went all right today. I wanted to run strong the last 200 meters and I think I ran the last 300 really hard. Really, I just wanted to conserve enough to run fast and strong at the end. I am always good at the semifinals because that is really the beginning of the finals. I just wanted to run good today and I am glad that I did."

Alan Webb, Heat 1 (Fifth Place)

"I was just trying to stay out of trouble and make it through. I did my job."

"We were slow. That way I didn't have to push as much the last 150 meters or so. I thought it was a good effort."

"I was just trying to keep myself calm. I was trying to stay out of being tripped up. That is sort of the price you pay."

A.J. Acosta, Heat 1 (Eighth Place)

"It is rough when you miss the final by a half second. I gave it my all and that is all I can really ask for. I ran out of gas the last 50 meters. I gave it my all so I can't be too disappointed about that. It is just unfortunate it went out so slow. I am in great shape right now. Unfortunately I just wasn't in the right spot with 400 to go. That is just the way the game goes sometimes."

Lopez Lomong, Heat 2 (Second Place)

"The race went really well. I did what I had to do. I just waited the whole thing and did not kill myself. It really went well."

"[Gabe Jennings] showed up. You can never count anybody out. We have 12 good kickers, 12 good endurance, 12 well trained guys. You can never count anybody out, so until you line up on Sunday and go after it."

"It is different for everybody because we have different coaches. If it goes slow, good. If it goes fast, good. If it goes medium, it is okay. You just have to get after it."

Said Ahmed, Heat 2 (Sixth Place)

"It feels good to get through, because with 100 meters left I could see the top six runners were safe. I didn't want to disappoint my family and friends in Boston. Right now I feel tired and my legs hurt. Both my hamstrings are really sore and I was here early this morning getting ice on them. Going into the finals experience counts for a lot. In 2004 I dove across the finish line to make the finals. I had scratches on my chest and face, but this year I came out clean."

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