DURHAM, N.C. – Duke track & field has earned its first representative for this year’s Olympic Games, as Duke alumni Steven Solomon has been selected to represent the Australian National Team at the upcoming Summer Games in Tokyo, Japan.
Solomon is set to compete in the 400m for the second time, after competing in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, United Kingdom as a 19-year-old prior to coming to Duke. Solomon becomes the first Blue Devil man to compete in the Olympics since Curt Clausen in the 50K racewalk at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.
Despite competing for Duke for one season as a graduate student, Solomon made a lasting impact. The Sydney, Australia product became a two-time USTFCCCA All-American, with a second team distinction in the indoor and outdoor season. Solomon is the last Blue Devil man to be named an outdoor All-American.
His name is also etched in the Blue Devil record books, as he remains the program record holder in the indoor and outdoor 400m with times of 45.44 seconds and 45.30 seconds, respectively. His marks hold a commanding edge in the leaderboards, with leads of 1.99 seconds and 1.38 seconds, respectively, over the next fastest times in program history.
A six-time Australian champion in the 400m, Solomon is hoping to best his eighth-place finish in the same event at the 2012 Olympic Games. Men’s 400m heats are set to begin on August 1, with the semifinals on August 2 and finals on August 5. All events will be broadcasted in the United States via NBCUniversal.
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