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.
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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