Donovan Brazier ran his first race as a professional athlete at the U.S. Track and Field Trials in Eugene, Ore. His first race was not a perfect run by any means, but it was good enough.
Needing to finish in fourth place in what turned out to be the slowest heat to advance to the next round and have a chance to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Team, Brazier just made it.
The Texas A&M alum, who lit up the NCAA championships with the fastest 800-meter dash in collegiate history, finished fourth in the final heat of the men’s 800 meters by a quarter of a second to keep his Olympic dreams alive.
He ran the fourth heat in 1:48.13 to qualify for the semi-finals, scheduled for Saturday at 3 p.m.
The heat also featured a few upsets as some favorites to make the Olympic team failed to advance and likely did not have fast enough times to reach the semi-final round.