Jonathon Riley Gains U.S. Olympic Team Berth
July 30, 2004
London, England - Thanks to the efforts of Tim Broe, former Stanford All-American Jonathan Riley has earned a berth in the 5,000 meters on the United States Olympic Team.
Broe, the U.S. Olympic Trials 5,000 meter champion, needed to attain the Olympic 'A' standard in order for him and Riley to compete in Athens, Greece. Broe ran 13:18.61 to place seventh at the Norwich Union Grand Prix Friday evening. It was a personal best for the two-time U.S. champion, whose previous best was 13:24.13 in 2001, and it bettered the Olympic 'A' qualifying standard of 13:21.50.
Broe won the 2004 Olympic Trials in Sacramento in 13:27.36, but he had neither the Olympic 'A' or 'B' standard prior to Friday. As a result of his meeting the 'A' standard, Broe will join Riley, who placed second at the Olympic Trials and who already has the 'A' standard, in competing in the 5,000 meters at the Olympics.
Any athlete lacking an Olympic standard has until August 9 to meet the standard.