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Solomon, 28, went into last summer’s 800m final at U.S. Olympic Trials as an underdog to make the Olympic team. The Saucony-sonsored athlete left with a third-place finish, a new personal best of 1:44.65, and a ticket to London. In the Olympic final, Solomon shattered his own personal best, along with everyone’s expectations in what was the fastest race in history, with a fourth-place, 1:42.82 finish that made him the second-fastest American ever behind his coach, the legendary Johnny Gray. Continued success in 2013 will not come as a surprise to Solomon, or anyone standing next to him on the starting line.