Donn Cabral '12 is going to the 2012 Olympic Games! Cabral finished in second place in the steeplechase at the US Olympic Trials to earn a spot on the team. He ran 8:19.81, just 0.40 seconds off his personal best of 8:19.41.
Cabral sat behind the leader for the first few laps and with four to go was in fourth place. Evan Jager and the favorite Daniel Huling started to break out ahead with two laps left. Cabral moved into third at the start of the bell lap. As soon as announcer starting talking about Cabral and what an amazing finisher he is Cabral passed Huling on the back stretch and took second where he maintained position. It was a tough field as six of the finalists had already ran the Olympic A standard, leaving Cabral knowing he must finish top three to make US Olympic team. He did one better.
A few hours earlier, Greta Feldman '13 advanced to the semifinals of the 1500. She finished sixth in her qualifying heat at 4:14.89 – the fourth time (and consecutive) she’s run the event under 4:15. Feldman was sixth overall, the best time by a collegiate athlete. She is one of four collegians who will compete in the semifinals. Her time was better than the national champion Katie Flood of Washington by nearly a second. The semifinal will be held tomorrow at 3:45 p.m.
In a crushing turn-of-events, Austin Hollimon '13 who took the year off from Princeton to train for the Olympics, failed to advance. Hollimon had the lead in heat 3, but on the third curve, Hollimon’s left foot nicked the hurdle in the next lane and he fell, allowing the 2008 bronze medalist Bershawn Jackson to take the lead and finished first. Hollimon finished the race and crossed at 56.50, placing him 26th overall. Watch a post-race interview with Hollimon
Cabral is the first Princeton track & field athlete to compete in the Olymics since Tora Harris in Athens in 2004. For a complete list of Princeton's track & field Olympics click here. He is the 16th Princetonian to qualify for the 2012 Olympics. For that complete list, click here.