LONDON – It didn’t go the way Evan Jager planned in his Olympic debut early Friday afternoon.
But nothing much has lately for the rookie steeplechaser from Jacobs High School.
And that is a good thing.
Jager hoped to get through his semifinal with a minimum of effort.
Instead he found himself in the lead with two laps to go and wound up second while running a time that would have been a personal best two weeks ago.
So a guy who has run just six 3,000-meter steeplechase races in his career qualified easily for Sunday night’s final in 8 minutes, 16.61 seconds, as France’s Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad won the heat in 8:16.23.