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Paul Chelimo will race in Rio Olympics

Photo of Paul Chelimo.UNCG alumnus Paul Chelimo made history Saturday night as he became the first Spartan all-time to qualify for the Olympics by finishing third overall in the 5,000-meter race in the U.S. Olympic Trials.

Chelimo will be part of the U.S.A. National Team in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Chelimo ran an aggressive race in the 5,000-meter final at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., holding off a late push for the final Olympic spot by 0.06 seconds as the top three qualified. He was never lower than fourth place through the duration of the race.

Chelimo has been featured on the UNCG web site and in UNCG Magazine a number of times in the past five years.

A native of Kenya, Chelimo is now a U.S. citizen after being part of the Army’s World Class Athlete Project. He was a two-time national runner-up in the 5,000-meters in the NCAA Outdoor Track Championships and is the most decorated track athlete in UNCG history. He also was a three-time Southern Conference Cross Country Champion and was a six-time All-America recipient during his career.

He graduated December 2014 in Public Health with a concentration in Community Health Education.

The News & Record reports that “the first round of the 5,000 meters at Rio is scheduled for 9:05 a.m. EDT Aug. 17, with the final at 8:30 p.m. EDT Aug. 20.”

By Matt McCollester, with additional information

See photo gallery of Saturday’s qualifying race.