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Manzano, another Longhorn in the Olympics.

pleaseplaykindle -- Manzano wins a silver medal in the 1500m finals.

If you have been watching track and field at the olympics you know that Longhorns have had both disappointing moments (Marquise Goodwin in the long jump) and glorious ones (Sanya Richards-Ross finally winning the gold in the 400m). But one, longhorn, perhaps even more impressively (in an event dominated by East Africans and Europeans) will be competing in this hour in an event few thought he would qualify for. His name is Leonel Manzano, and he has had two miraculous runs to make the final of the Olympic 1500m, which you can watch live (if you have a cable subscription) here at 3:15 (central time).

No American has won a medal in the 1500m since 1968. There are actually over 60 people this year who have run faster than Manzano this season. However, he ran two masterfully tactical rounds, sitting in perfect position on the inside and out kicking several higher ranked runners to make the final. What are his chances at 1500m gold, well not that great, but he has one of the faster 800m personal bests out of the bunch, so if the race starts slow, he could be in the mix. You might remember Manzano from his 4 NCAA titles (1500 m in 2005 and 2008, indoor mile in 2005 and 2007), and his UT record in the 1500m at 3:35.29 still stands today. You can see his Olympic semi-final run here.

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