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August 19, 2016

The Finalist

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“I’m speechless…” she said.

“This has been a dream goal of mine forever.”

After EIGHT preliminary heats, and 3 semi-finals, she raced the third fastest 800m of them all. And with a new personal record of 1:58.79. INCREDIBLE. 

FLAGS OUT! NEXT UP IS THE 800M FINAL AT THE BIG EVENT:

Saturday, August 20th at 9:15pm Brazil Time.

The meaning and joy is palpable.

As drlesko said: “To witness someone achieving is a beautiful thing. An artistic performance. A body of work, for us to marvel at and enjoy.”

And the doctor knows.

Here’s her account of how she and Bob Lesko brought us together:

"As die hard Yale track alums and fans, Bob and I followed K. through her college career. We knew the context of her performances: Running at Yale is different. The academic pressures are real, and sleep definitely takes low priority. I met her at our mutual coach Mark Young's retirement dinner in NYC in 2012. I pretty much super-fanned her and all I remember saying is, 'You have to keep running.' When she started running with the New Jersey New York Track Club (NJNY) and Coach Gagliano, it was quickly clear that she would respond well to pro level training. I remember so clearly, sitting in the small first Oiselle office telling Sally, 'We have to sign this woman.'  Call it dumb luck, naïveté, divine intervention, or powerful gut knowledge, here we all are today. Beyond my wildest dreams, and yet completely unsurprising."