Olympian runs huge personal best to finish fourth amongst a stack field.
Andrew Wheating, a recent University of Oregon graduate who competed for the United States at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, ran an impressive 3:30.90 to finish third in the 1,500 meters at the Monoco Diamond League Meeting on Thursday.
The time represented a nearly seven-second personal best for the Vermont native, who finished ahead of countrymen and fellow Olympians Lopez Lomong (6th place, 3:32.30) and Bernard Lagat (7th place, 3:32.51), in the race. Kenyan Silas Kiplagat topped the field in a world-leading 3:29.27 and he was followed across the finish line by Morocco’s Amine Laalou (3:29.53) and Kenya’s Augustine Choge (3:30.22).
Wheating’s performance is the sixth-fastest 1,500 meters ever run by an American, and he is now the fourth fastest American male of all time at the distance behind Lagat, Sydney Maree and Alan Webb. Lagat is the American record holder in the event with a 3:29.30 clocking from 2005.
For Complete Results: IAAF Diamond League