Friday, August 3, 2012
Local Alum Runs For Olympic Gold Sunday
Jager turned in an 8:16.61 time, about .4 seconds behind top qualifier Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad from France. Jager ran near the front for the second half of his preliminary heat, even assuming the lead with two laps to go. He led for most of the bell lap, too.
The 2007 Jacobs alum who now runs in Portland, OR, said afterward that he wasn't supposed to lead, only stay among the top four, but he did, anyway, since he didn't feel like he was pushing himself.
Jager's run for the gold is scheduled for 3:25 pm Central Time Sunday.
In the pic: Jager in this morning's qualifying heat.