Stanford runner makes Tokyo Olympic team in two events

Former Stanford All-American Grant Fisher had an impressive brace on Sunday on the final day of the US Olympic track and field trials.

Fisher, a 2017 NCAA champion and 12-time All-American, was second in the 5,000-meter in Eugene, Ore., To make the US team.

He had finished second in the 10,000 meters a week earlier to qualify for his first Olympic team.

Fisher, 24, finished second Sunday morning behind Olympic silver medalist Paul Chelimo, who won the race in 13 minutes 26.82 seconds. Fisher crossed the line in 13: 27.01.

Fisher told reporters on Sunday that he plans to compete in both distance events in Tokyo next month.

“I’m really happy with the way I ran last week,” he said.

The race was originally scheduled for Sunday evening, but was moved to 10 a.m. due to extremely hot conditions in the Pacific Northwest. The race started with temperatures of 88 degrees.

The day’s flagship events were postponed until later Sunday evening, including the men’s 200 sprint, men’s long jump, women’s 800 and men’s 1,500.

Fisher, a Canadian-American from Grand Blanc, Michigan, was also second in the 10,000 meters. He achieved this feat on his second attempt at distance-only competition.

Fisher finished in 27: 54.29 just behind Bowerman Track Club teammate Woody Kincaid, who was third on Sunday in 5K.

Chelimo edged out the competition to win three months after the sudden death of his younger brother in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He said he traveled to Kenya and lost practice time for the trials.

“There’s a lot going on,” Chelimo told reporters. “But at the end of the day, I believe in one thing: go hard or suffer for the rest of your life.”

Fisher is one of four athletes with Bay Area ties to qualify for the Summer Olympics in the two-week track trials.

Stanford star Valarie Allman won the women’s 24-foot-3 disc and heads to Tokyo as one of the favorites for the gold medal. She missed out on making the 2016 three-foot squad.

“I realized then that I wanted to try again to be an Olympian and represent the United States,” she told reporters after winning her third straight American title.

Stanford’s Elise Cranny won the women’s 5000m with a final lap of 63.73 seconds to also be on the team, as did former San Jose State student Robyn Stevens in the 20 km walk.

Stanford alumni Katerina Stefanidi (Greece) and Malindi Elmore (Canada) and Cal’s Camryn Rogers (Canada) qualified for their country.

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