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OLYMPIC SPOTLIGHT: Christin Wurth-Thomas

OLYMPIC SPOTLIGHT: Christin Wurth-Thomas

OLYMPIC SPOTLIGHT: Christin Wurth-ThomasEvent: 1,500 MetersDate: Prelims – Tuesday, August 19; Semis – Thursday. August 21, Finals – Saturday, August 23

Christin Wurth-Thomas secured her spot on the 2008 Olympic Team with her third-place finish in the 1,500 meters (4:08.48) at the Olympic Team Trials. A star while at the University of Arkansas, Wurth-Thomas became a post-collegiate threat when she won the 1,500 meters at the 2005 Nike Prefontaine Classic.

Wurth-Thomas clocked times of 4:13.40 (prelims, first of 29 runners) and 4:12.66 (semis, fourth of 24) to advance to the 1,500-meter finals in Eugene at the Olympic Trials.

Also in 2008, she finished third in 1,500 meters at the Nike Prefontaine Classic (4:04.88) and was second at the adidas Track Classic (4:04.94). She finished sixth in the heats of the mile at the World Indoor Championships (4:10.56).

She punched her ticket to the 2004 World Cross Country Championships in Brussels with her seventh-place finish the 2004 USA Cross Country Championships (4K, 13:08).Wurth-Thomas holds the University of Arkansas school record in the 1,500 meters (4:10.49) and the mile (4:36.94) for the Razorbacks. She owns the second-fastest 6,000-meter cross country time in University of Arkansas history (19:33.55).

Wurth-Thomas will run the marathon in Beijing Tuesday, Aug. 19. For complete results and details of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, visit For more information on the Razorbacks in Beijing, visit

Career Highlights: Third at 2008 Olympic Trials in the 1,500 meters; 2008 USA Indoor champion in the mile; 2007 USA Outdoor runner-up in the 1,500 meters; 2007 USA Indoor runner-up; third at 2003 NCAA Outdoors; third at 2003 NCAA Indoor mile; four-time All-American and three-time SEC Champion.

Sports Category : Track & Field (W)