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Americans Continue To Impress

Manzano runs 3:50.64 mile, Wheating goes 1:44.56 for 800 meters.

Olympians Leo Manzano and Andrew Wheating continued to do their part in making this summer one to remember for American middle and long distance running, turning in impressive performances in their respective races at the Aviva Diamond League Meeting in London this weekend.

Wheating, the recent University of Oregon graduate who represented the United States in the 800 meters at the Beijing Olympics, got things off to a fast start on Friday night, running a personal best 1:44.56 to finish second in the 800 meters to Sudan’s Abubaker Kaki (1:44.38) at the Crystal Palace. Wheating’s countryman and fellow Olympian Nick Symmonds finished third in the race, running 1:45.28.

Leo Manzano. Photo: PhotoRun.net
Leo Manzano. Photo: PhotoRun.net

Manzano kept the ball rolling on Saturday, running 3:50.64 to finish third in the mile behind Kenyan Augustine Choge (3:50.14) and Ethiopian Mekonnen Gebremehdin (3:50.35). It was a three second personal best for the 2008 Olympian in the 1,500 meters, who moved up to ninth on the all-time list, bumping the legendary Jim Ryun out of the top ten.

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