On Thursday night in the blistering 109-degree Sacramento heat, 2013 world silver medalist Nick Symmonds lined up at the startline of the 800 meters. His plan was to either move past this first round of 800-meter trials or hang up his racing spikes after one last two-lapper.
His seventh place finish in the fourth heat meant that he would not advance past the first round. As soon as he crossed the line, the track and field community took to Twitter to pay their respect to Nick Symmonds and his illustrious career, after what will apparently be his last race on the track.
Then there was an outpouring of support:
— Francis Garcia (@fgarciasit) June 23, 2017
— Pole Vault Power (@polevaultpower) June 23, 2017
— Pat Price (@PatrickPrice) June 23, 2017
— SPIKES (@spikesmag) June 23, 2017
— Brooks Beasts TC (@beaststc) June 23, 2017
Thank you @NickSymmonds for some great years.As a fan of the sport I can say that you gave us excitement & joy.Can't ask for more than that.
— Coach Bennett (@bennettrun) June 23, 2017
Congratulations on a phenomenal career, @NickSymmonds. Remember back when you were the underdog? You've come a long way!
— Mike S (@lime_crush) June 23, 2017
— Meg Bellino (@meg_bellino) June 23, 2017
— Scott Fauble (@scottfaubs) June 23, 2017
— Grady Keefe (@GradyKeefe) June 23, 2017
Then there was a game-changing moment, caught on tape by our very own Kevin Liao:
— Citius Mag (@CitiusMag) June 23, 2017
I thought he was going to say Blue Jeans Mile…
— Evan Martin (@ermarti) June 23, 2017
— Kris Mychasiw (@Mychasiw) June 20, 2017