Chelimo posted a personal-best time of 13:03.90, becoming the first U.S. medal winner in the men’s 5,000-meter race since 1964. Chelimo finished just 0.60 seconds behind Mo Farrah of Great Britain.
“It’s the best feeling ever,” Chelimo told the Associated Press. “It’s the best, best feeling ever.”
But the night wasn’t without drama of Olympic proportions. Initially, Chelimo was disqualified for a lane infringement. USA Track and Field appealed the ruling and, an hour later, the International Association of Athletics Federation reinstated Chelimo.
On campus, nearly 600 Spartans gathered in the Elliott University Center for a watch party. As UNCG’s first Olympian crossed the finish line, the Cone Ballroom erupted into cheers, high-fives and a lot of Spartan pride.
By Alyssa Bedrosian
Photography courtesy USA Today
See story – and a great Storify collection of social media posts including video of the Cone Ballroom viewing – at UNCG Now.