EUGENE, Oré. – NCAA champion and Ole Miss excellent athletics Mario Garcia Romo needed little time to prove himself on the professional circuit as he immediately put himself in elite company after an impressive fourth-place finish at the 2022 Outdoor World Championships on Tuesday night at Hayward Field in Oregon.
Garcia Romo, who was this year’s NCAA indoor mile champion and NCAA 1,500-meter outdoor runner-up, raced in the 1,500-meter world final in her first career world meet as one of the three 1500 riders of the Spanish national team. All three competed in Tuesday night’s final, which turned out to be one of the fastest in the competition’s history.
All three Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games medalists reached the final – Norwegian Jakob Ingebrigtsen (gold), Kenyan Timothy Cheruiyot (silver) and Britain’s Josh Kerr (bronze) – Cheruiyot also holding the reigning World Championships gold from 2019. The powered final did not disappoint in the cannon, as the field came out in 55.51 in their early 400s and 1:52.04 in their early 800s.
Olympic champion Ingebrigtsen fended off Cheruiyot’s charges for the next 500 meters, expending just enough energy for a charge from the middle of the pack – led by eventual gold medalist Jake Wightman of Great Britain – starting with the straight line with 200 meters to go. .
It was on this surge train that Garcia Romo jumped, splitting 55.02 on his last lap, 27.29 on his last 200 and 13.70 on his last 100 to jump from seventh to fourth – missing the podium by just three hundredths of a second at a phenomenal pace. career best time of 3:30.20. Wightman (3:29.23) held off Ingebrigtsen (3:29.47) for the gold medal, while Garcia Romo’s teammate Mohamed Katir (3:29.90) clinched Spain’s first medal at the World Outdoor Championships since 1999 (Reyes Estevez, bronze) with a bronze medal. finish medal.
The final times clocked through that ferocious final 200 meters were broadly significant for a championship race in any competition – especially even for Garcia Romo, who narrowly missed out on the podium. His winning time of 3:30.20 would have won gold at every iteration of the World Outdoor Championships (which officially date back to 1983) except for two in 2019 (silver) and 1999 (bronze). He would also have won every Olympic title since the modern games began in 1896, except for the 2021 Olympics in Tokyo – won by Ingebrigtsen’s Olympic record of 3:28.32 – where Garcia Romo would have finished fifth. .
That time also gives Garcia Romo the all-time collegiate record, beating Washington State’s Bernard Lagat, who ran 3:30.56 in 1999. List of all USTFCCCA dates is an unofficial ranking that includes ratings outside of the college season by athletes who have used an eligibility season during the NCAA campaign.
Moreover, this time makes Garcia Romo the third fastest Spaniard ever with the fourth fastest time, as well as the 44th in world history with the 134th fastest time. Garcia Romo is also the youngest Spaniard to run so fast at 23 years and 21 days. When converted to a mile time, his blistering 1,500 meter finish yesterday converts to an incredible 3:46.8 mile – contrasting with his mile PR of 3:53.36, the fastest time ever. of collegiate history on an oversized track at Vanderbilt’s Music City Challenge on February 11.
During his track career as a Rebel in both indoor and outdoor seasons, Garcia Romo won an NCAA title (inside mile, 2022), finished second in the NCAA twice, earned six nods from first-team All-America, scored 30.25 total NCAA points, won five SEC titles, and scored 42.5 SEC championship points. Additionally, Garcia Romo played a pivotal role in the first two SEC tag team titles in combined cross country program history in 2018 and 2019, in addition to becoming the third rebel to win a cross country title. SEC individual country via a historic 1-2-3 podium. swept away by rebels in 2020.
OLE MISS REBELS AT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Women’s 1,500 meters • First round • Fri, July 15
22. Sintayehu Vissa (Italy) – 4:07.33
1,500 meters men • First round • Saturday 16 July
5. Mario Garcia Romo (Spain) – 3:35.43 (Q) – PR
1,500 meters men • Semi-final • Sunday July 17
ten. Mario Garcia Romo (Spain) – 3:37.01 (Q)
Men’s discus • Qualifications • Sun. July 17
28. Brian Williams (USA) – 58.25m/191-1
1,500 meters men • Final • Tuesday 19 July
4. Mario Garcia Romo (Spain) – 3:30.20 – PR, No. 3 in Spanish history, No. 44 in world history, NCAA all-time record