One of Austin’s speediest runners, former University of Texas track star Leo Manzano, is headed to Eugene, Ore., in July for the Olympic Trials, where he’ll try to secure his spot on Team USA and a trip to the 2016 Olympics, which begin Aug. 5.
If Manzano, 31, makes the team and heads to Rio de Janeiro, it’ll mark his third appearance at the Olympics. He was eliminated in the semifinals of the 1,500 meters in Beijing in 2008
, but roared back in London in 2012, where he showed off his signature finishing kick and surged from the back of the pack to capture silver.
But making the team again could prove especially tough this year. Manzano, who lost his Nike sponsorship after the 2012 Games, battled a nagging respiratory infection last fall that bloomed into pneumonia this spring and set back his training by three weeks. A family emergency cost him two more weeks on the track.
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