Were you watching the 800 meter race in the Olympic Trials the other day? If not, you missed a great show. I’ve included a video after the break of the race.

The first 2 and a half minutes are athlete introductions, and the gun goes off right at the 2:30 mark. The race lasts less than 2 minutes so if you are strapped for time start at that point:

That was an amazing come from behind performance from Nick Symmonds. He just left everybody in the dust and didn’t even look like he was trying. All 3 Oregon runners came from the back of the pack in the last few hundred meters to take over that race.

Hats off to Christian Smith, who didn’t have an Olympic qualifying standard run before the race and who literally dove at the finish line to nick 3rd place in a time that is going to send him to Beijing as well.

What a great race.

(Hat Tip for the video: Steve Speirs)