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Inside Camp Solomon II

Posted: 08-Aug-2012 by Maccabi NSW

By Michael Solomon

It's 2am and we have just got back from the Stadium. I have now been up 41 hours. It is almost time for a rest but I know people want to know a little about today.

Today was the realisation of a dream.................................. the 400m Olympic Games final .......................... Lane 3............................ Steven Solomon the 19 year old from Australia.................................... with his family in the stands................................... and the whole of Australia behind him.

The last 24hrs have been one of the most rewarding and humbling times as a parent. Steve's semifinal sub 45 run rekindled the Aussie Battler spirit that we all have and the news media went nuts. School kids went nuts................ my patients were calling talk back radio............. they were going nuts................ and so on and so on

Adam Spencer called me when we were at the track to say that ABC news was being delayed by 5 minutes to get the race live........ he said this never happens for news to be delayed and was unprecedented ......................

Steve woke today with a little bit of a sore throat but feeling fine...... he was focused ........... and in a happy frame. I told him to go out and enjoy the big occasion as he had already won everyones hearts

This email will be brief as my hypermania is fading fast and I dont want to fall into my keyboard

After a quick interview with Channel 10 we headed into the stadium...... another full house.................. the events rolled on and then at 9-15pm out of the tunnel come the mens 400 metre finalists................. current giants of the sport................... and amongst them STEEEEEEVIE pulling the traditional hand luggage bag........ wearing the green and gold with pride.

After yet another medal ceremony the gladiators start to strip down and do a quick warm up...................... The starter calls them to their marks.......... lo and behold I am cool as a cucumber in the stands as there is no pressure.... he made the finals.

The gun goes off and Steve bursts out of the blocks. At the 120m mark it becomes clear that the big boys are in charge........... the race continues and everyone kicks and blast down the home straight . The field as expected is simply too strong and quick.................... Steve runs another gutsy effort and clocks 45-14, another sub 45-15 run and another A qualifier... three in three days including 2 PB's

Kirani James breaks the National record and runs 43-96 ...................... Sub 44......... insane. Santos as predicted comes second.. these guys can run but have been doing so for 10 yrs vs Steve's 3t

Steve finishes a close 8th.... 8th fastes guy in the world and an automatic qualifier to the World Champs in Moscow next yr based on both a top 8 finish as well as running 3 A qualifiers.

Steve has done us all proud..we are so happy.......

He finally catches up with us close to midnight and we share a quick meal, a hug or two and chat about the pressure and experience over the last few days.

He is very content...... happy ............... hungry to get onto the podium next time.

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