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Utah's Lindsey Anderson fails to qualify in 3000m steeplechase

Utah's Lindsey Anderson fails to qualify in 3000m steeplechase

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While Phelps is the big International story, we're following our local Utah Olympians as well, and today was the end of the line for Morgan, Utah's, Lindsey Anderson.

The former Weber State star made history, running in the very first heat of the first women's steeplechase event in Olympic history. She ran the second best race of her life, but it wasn't good enough. Even so, for Lindsey and her family, these is the best of times.

Lindsey's family brought out the best in Beijing - the most beautiful day so far.

Her husband, Mark, said, "I went on a run today and I felt fast, so I'm assuming that's a good sign."

Her mom, Barbara Anderson, told us,"Lindsey's ready, and that's what's important."

After giving pins away to Chinese children they met along the street, it was race time.

Afterward, Lindsey told us, "It went a little faster than I thought. So, adjusting to that and trying to hold on was just not quite there for me tonight. It still is just an amazing opportunity and experience that I had. I am a little disappointed, but it's good to be disappointed a little bit and hope for better next time."

Her sister, Angela Olson said, "She did awesome. We're proud of her and we love her."

"It's hard to take something like this when you expect a little more, but you can't be disappointed. It's been an amazing run and there's a lot more to go," Mark said.

And her dad, Scott Olson, said, "I don't know how many parents can say, ‘Hey, my daughter ran in the Olympics.' It's great."

Anderson ran in the fastest heat, completing the first Women's 3000m Steeplechase in 9:36.81. It was her second fastest ever, but finished seven seconds behind the final qualifier.

To feel better, the Anderson's visited the Great Wall of China today.

Former BYU All-American Josh McAdams also ran in the steeplechase preliminary and also failed to qualify.

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