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Utah Athletes Fall Short of Olympics

Utah Athletes Fall Short of Olympics

Posted - Jul. 19, 2004 at 3:07 p.m.



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(KSL News) -- Some Utah athletes fell just short of making the U.S. track and field team.

Provo's Nathan Robison had a good shot at the 1500 meter run. He finished second in the semi finals in the Olympic trials in Sacramento. But in the end, he couldn't pull into one of the top three Olympic spots.

Nathan Robison, Track and Field: "Feels good. You know, going into it my goal was to place top three. But my secondary, more realistic goal was to be in the top six and I placed sixth, so just making it in the finals and placing in the top bunch, it's been a great experience and I had a lot of fun."

Watch out for Robison in another four years.

In the high jump Charles Clinger, who took time away from his job as a loan officer in Fillmore, Utah for these trials, didn't make that Olympic cut either.

He apparently likes to compete to stay in shape. He feels prett good to making it to the finals. He finished 13th.

There are a couple of track athletes with Utah ties that we'll be following in Athens. Provo's Tiffany Lott-Hogan, who came out of the BYU, will compete in the Heptathlon. And we'll keep an eye on James Parker, the Hammer thrower from Utah State University.

And of course fans can watch a lot of their old favorites; 33-year old Stacy Dragilia will be back to defend her Olympic Gold in the Pole Vault and Gail Devers qualified for her fifth Olympics in the 100 meter hurdles, at age 37.

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