Tigers track star will miss finals for 800 meters

Thursday, August 26, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 6:10 p.m. CDT, Saturday, July 19, 2008

Former Missouri runner Derrick Peterson failed to qualify for the semifinals in the 800-meter run Wednesday in Athens, finishing fourth in his heat.

Peterson, a volunteer MU track and field assistant, completed the race in 1 minute, 47.60 seconds. He placed 42nd in a field of 72.

His failure to qualify means Peterson’s Olympic running is finished. The top two runners from Peterson’s heat, Canadian Gary Reed, who finished in 1:46.74 and Moroccan Mouhssin Chehibi who finished in 1:46.77, will race today in the semifinals.

American Jonathan Johnsonfinished in 1:45.31, and American Khadevis Robinson finished in 1:46.14 to qualify for the semifinals.

As a Tiger, Peterson set the collegiate record in the indoor 800 in 1999 and won the NCAA outdoor championship in the 800 the same year before graduating in 2000.

After the disappointment of failing to qualify for the 2000 Olympics, Peterson captured the U.S. indoor championship in 2002.

At the Olympic Trials on July 12, Peterson ran a personal best of 1:45.08, more than two seconds faster than his run Wednesday.

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