LONDON — The U.S. is becoming a middle-distance and distance force at the Olympic track and field competition.
Leo Manzano of Marble Falls, Texas, surged from sixth at the top of the stretch to finish second in the men’s 1,500 meters Tuesday night, the first American man to win a medal in that event since Jim Ryun in 1968.
Earlier, Americans Nick Symmonds of Eugene, Ore., and Duane Solomon of Rosemead had advanced to the finals of the men’s 800, marking the first time the U.S. has had two men in that final since 1992. The last time the U.S. had one representative in the 800 final was 1996.
Taoufik Makhloufi of Algeria easily won the 1,500 in a time of 3 minutes, 34.08 seconds. Manzano’s time was 3:34.79. Abdalaati Iguider of Morocco was third in 3:35, and Matt Centrowitz of Arnold, Md., was fourth in 3:35.17.