She qualified out of the first of two semifinal heats, running alongside the leader for the first 1,000. From there she found herself in a bit of traffic trouble on the final lap, but her kick is what separates her from many of the others.
She finished third in 4:05.34, less than a quarter-second behind heat winner Asil Cakir Alptekin of Turkey. Fellow American Shannon Rowbury will also be in the 12-person final. Reigning world champion Jenny Simpson will not.
No U.S. runner has ever earned a medal in the women’s 1,500.
Neither Craig Kinsley (Brown) nor Sean Furey (Dartmouth) advanced to the javelin final on Wednesday afternoon. Kinsley’s best throw was 78.18 meters (256-6) while Furey’s was 72.81 (238-10). It was the first Olympics for both throwers.
“It is not easy at all, but at the end of the day you are coming down the runway and throwing a javelin, so if you are able to get past the distractions, you should be able to do just fine,” said Kinsley. “The first two throws didn’t go as planned, and I pulled it together on the third throw. But I was looking for a lot more, but I think I did better than my seed. I was coming in ranked 30th and I came in 23rd, so I guess I outperformed where they expected me, but I expected me in the final.”