Charles Jock’s 2012 Olympic Bid Ends in 800 Final at U.S. Olympic Trials

Charles Jock's 2012 Olympic bid fell short Monday night. (File photo by Chris Donahue)
Charles Jock's 2012 Olympic bid fell short Monday night. (File photo by Chris Donahue)



EUGENE, Ore. --- Recent UC Irvine graduate Charles Jock took early control of the race as usual, but couldn't maintain the lead in the final 200 meters of the 800-meter final at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore., Monday night.

Jock went out fast at Hayward Field and led the field with a 49.86 split at 400 meters, but faded in the final 200 meters to finish eighth with a time of 1:49.02.

Nicholas Symmonds won his fifth straight U.S. title in the 800 Monday with a time of 1:43.92, Khadevis Robinson was second in 1:44.64 and Duane Solomon, Jr., captured the third and final spot for the U.S. Olympic team with a time of 1:44.65.

Jock was looking to cap a brilliant month that saw him win the NCAA title in the 800 meters with a time of 1:45.59 at Des Moines, Iowa, June 8.  He became UCI's first individual NCAA champion in 34 years since Steve Scott (1500 meters) and Mauricio Bardales (decathlon) won titles at the 1978 NCAA Division I Track & Field Championships.

A three-time All-American and Big West Conference Track Athlete of the Year, Jock was named as one of 10 semifinalists for The Bowerman, collegiate track and field's highest award, last week. 

Jock, who also won this year's Big West 800 title, was a member of the U.S. team for the IAAF World Championships last summer after finishing third in the U.S. Trials.

He was honored as UCI's Lauds & Laurels Outstanding Student-Athlete for 2012.



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