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Morgan Uceny Poised To Medal

All eyes are on the former Cornell standout to win gold in London.

All eyes are on the former Cornell standout to win gold in London.

With all the talk about the resurgence of U.S. distance running, one runner deserves the spotlight: Morgan Uceny.

The 27-year-old middle-distance specialist who attended Cornell University was ranked #1 in the world in the 1,500m last year.

“She’s got the wheels and the strength to compete with anyone in the world,” said her former Cornell coach, Lou Duesing. “One of the things that she struggled with in college, that she’s done a great job with since, is confidence. Even though she had run fast times, she would get to the NCAA meet or something like that and just start to doubt herself a little bit.”

Her former high school coach, Roy Benge of Plymouth, Indiana says he could never find the bottom of Uceny’s gas tank.

“Her resting heart rate was just phenomenal,” he recalls.

At the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials, Uceny placed a disappointing fourth and later admitted that she was “just going through the motions” back then.

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