Olympic Dream for Smith Ends

MANHATTAN, Kan. Former Kansas State track and field star Christian Smith had his dream of winning an Olympic medal at the Beijing Games come to an end Wednesday. Smith finished fourth in his qualifying heat of the 800 meters to just miss moving on to the semifinals.


Smith needed to finish in the top two of his heat to automatically advance in the event and finished .27 seconds behind second-place finisher Abraham Chepkirwok from Uganda in the sixth heat. The next eight best times also advanced to the semifinals after automatic berths, and Smith’s time of 1:48.20 was not enough.


His Olympic dream comes to an end for now after Smith garnered praise for his effort in an exciting race and dive at the finish line during the Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore., to qualify for the Games.


Another Wildcat will begins his quest for Olympic glory on Wednesday evening as assistant track and field coach Tom Pappas begins the first day of the decathlon. The decathlon starts with the 100 meters at 8:20 p.m.