Roberts Finishes 12th at Olympic Trial Semifinals
Gil Roberts finished 12th overall at the U.S 400m Olympic trials.
June 23, 2012
EUGENE, Oregon - Texas Tech senior Gil Roberts' bid for the U.S. Olympic Team came to a close Saturday in the semifinals of the U.S. Olympic Trials.
Roberts finished 12th overall in the 400 meter dash with a time of 45.68 in the midst of the second consecutive day of steady rainfall at Hayward Field on the University of Oregon campus. The top eight finishers advanced to Sunday's finals.
"He ran a smooth race, but he just couldn't finish today," Texas Tech Head Coach Wes Kittley said. "I'm disappointed for him but it was just one of those days."
The decorated senior ends his Texas Tech career as the school 400 meter record holder with a personal-best time of 44.84 which he recorded in the preliminaries of the NCAA Championships.
Roberts is a six-time All-American and won the U.S. Indoor 400 meter Championships before anchoring the U.S. to a gold medal at the IAAF World Championships in Istanbul, Turkey. He owns four of the top five times in school history.
"I have been so proud of him," Kittley said. "Especially for him as a person. He is a special athlete and has helped us build this program."
Roberts is scheduled to compete in the preliminaries of the 200 meters on June 29.
The men's discus is scheduled for Monday at 5:30 p.m. CT while the women's long jump and the men's 110 meter hurdles are scheduled for June 29.