Bayer finishes fourth in Olympic Trials at 1500 meters

Indiana star Andy Bayer used a strong kick on the final straightaway to get fourth place in the Olympic Trials at 1500 meters. That still left him one spot short of an Olympic spot and he was never dangerously close to the third spot, but his time of 3 minutes, 37.24 seconds was a personal record and he performed well beyond his rank heading into the Trials.

The release from IU follows.

Andy Bayer 4th in Olympic Trials 1,500

EUGENE, Ore. – Andy Bayer closed out a great week for the Hoosiers at the U.S. Olympic Trials with a fourth-place finish in the 1,500 meters. Bayer outran everyone in the race except for the three runners, Leonel Manzáno, Matthew Centrowitz and Andrew Wheating, who will represent the U.S. in London later this month.

Bayer clocked a time of 3:37.24 for fourth, outkicking eight of the 11 professional runners in the 12-man field. His time ties him with three-time Olympian Jim Spivey for second all-time in the IU record books. With the race, Bayer completes a magnificent stretch of 11 1,500m races since mid-May, that included a Big Ten Championship, an NCAA Championship and now a fourth-place finish at the U.S. Olympic Trials. At 22 years of age, Bayer has another year of eligibility as a Hoosier. Bayer has one more meet scheduled for the outdoor season as he will compete at the NACAC U-23 Championships in Guanajuato, Mexico are July 6-8.

IU legend Rose Richmond took 10th in the women’s long jump, leaping 6.45m (21-2) for her top 10 finish. The IU alum was a U.S. Olympian in the event in 2004.

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  1. Way to go Andy!! Great performance yesterday. Looked like he was boxed in a little and couldn’t start his kick sooner. I think he could have gotten 3rd if he was able to kick a bit sooner, he looked really strong at the end. My son ran high school cross country with Andy and we have always been a big fan of his. We will see Andy Bayer on the next Olympic team for sure. Congrats Andy on a great year.

  2. great effort Andy! Great things have already come from you; greater to follow!

  3. It is of little consolation but does that not mean he is eligible to be the alternate for London?

  4. HC,

    He has not made the qualifying time for the Olympics so would not be able to go.

  5. Mark’s right that the A standard is 3:35.50, but I’m not sure about alternates in general. Molly Beckwith made the A standard, but if she was going to London as an alternate, I’m pretty sure she would’ve said something about that when I talked to her because mostly she just talked about trying to bounce back from that and not be too upset about not going to the Olympics. I’m guessing that the only events in which there are alternates are the events in which there’s also a relay. Jenebah Tarmoh might have a chance to be an alternate in the 100 meters after refusing the run-off. but I don’t know if she’d be going if there wasn’t a 4×100 meter relay. There is not a 4×800 meter relay at the Olympics even though there is in high school competition and there obviously isn’t a 4×1500 meter relay.

  6. There is a 4 X 400 meter relay, perhaps the most demanding because runners must not only have tremendous speed but also stamina. It is run by both men and women. Some coaches train the stronger sprinters with distance work to fill out the 4 X 4.

  7. It’s definitely the most demanding and in high school meets, teams usually have both sprinters and distance runners on the team. But at the Olympic level, the U.S. pretty much owns the 400 on both the men’s and women’s sides and can easily find enough pure quarter-milers to fill out a gold medal quality relay team.

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