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Former Duke track and field standout Shannon Rowbury qualifies for third straight Olympics in 1,500 meters

Men's basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski is not the only Blue Devil who will make a third appearance at the Olympics in August.

Former track and field star Shannon Rowbury qualified for a third straight Olympic Games by finishing second in the 1,500 meters at the U.S. Olympic Trials at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., with a time of 4:05.39. The San Francisco native finished seventh in Beijing in the event in 2008 and sixth four years later in London.

The current American record holder in the 1,500 meters with a 3:56.29 last July, Rowbury won the 1,500 meters at the U.S. Olympic Trials in 2008 and won her second straight USA outdoor championship in the event in 2009. She went on to win the bronze medal at the World championship in Berlin that year.

At Duke, Rowbury won the national championship in 2007 in the indoor mile as a senior. She also beat school records in the 800 meters, 1,500 meters, 3,000 meters, 5,000 meters and 3,000-meter steeplechase during the 2007 outdoor season. She will begin competition in Rio Aug. 12.

Rowbury was not the only former Blue Devil in action at the trials during the weekend.

Pole vault star Megan Clark, who graduated in May, tied for fifth in the event at the trials. The Fort Benning, Ga., native cleared the bar at 15 feet, 1 inch, but saw her run end when she was unable to set a new personal record at 15 feet, 3 inches. Clark was named the ACC Women's Field Performer of the Year as a junior and holds Duke records in the indoor and outdoor pole vault.

Check back in August to see how Rowbury and the rest of the Blue Devils going to the Olympics fare.

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