Tum earns chance to attempt unprecedented double

By Doug Fitzgerald published May 28, 2004

Moses Tum will attempt a University of Colorado at Colorado Springs first after all.

Tum won his heat in the preliminaries of the men's 800 meters at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Friday, allowing him to advance to the finals in the event on Saturday. On Thursday, the senior from Kericho, Kenya, also advanced to the finals of the 1,500 meters, making him the first CU-Colorado Springs athlete to compete in the finals in two different events at the same national championship meet.

Levi Brathall narrowly missed equalling Tum's feat, finishing 16th in the 5,000 meters which was three spots away from qualifying for the finals. On Thursday, Brathall took 12th in the men's 10,000 meter final.

Making Tum's double attempt even more remarkable is the timing of the finals in his two events. He will run the 1,500-meter final at appoximately 5:45 p.m., then will run the 800-meter final at 6:36.

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