Melaleuca: The Wellness Company®, along with hundreds of thousands of its customers around the world, congratulate Nick Symmonds, 29, for his spectacular performance at the Track and Field World Championships in Moscow on Monday. Winning the silver medal in the 800-meters final, Symmonds became the first American in 41 years to take home a gold or silver medal in the two-lap race at a global competition. Simultaneously, he ended a 16-year drought for the United States, which has not earned a medal in this event since Rich Kenah’s bronze in 1997.
“I am elated to finally have a world medal,” Symmonds wrote to Runner’s World Newswire on Wednesday.
Nick Symmonds (center) nears the finish line to win his 800-meter semifinal heat in Moscow. (The Associated Press)
In a thrilling finish, Nick left behind all of his competitors in the finishing straight and just about held off rising Ethiopian middle-distance star Mohammed Aman. Symmonds, in his fourth World Championships, crossed the line with a time of 1:43:55. You can watch the race by clicking here.
From the gun, Nick’s teammate, Duane Solomon, led the race out to a blisteringly fast pace, clocking just under 24 seconds for the first 200 meters. When the pack rounded the corner after the first lap, Nick was in an unfamiliar spot—just off the race leader’s shoulder.
“With 100 to go, I flipped that switch,” Symmonds said. “At 750, I was pretty sure I was going to be the next world champion. But Aman’s tough. He finds a way to get to that line, and he did that tonight…I really did everything I could to win tonight. I didn’t race scared. I put myself out there and ran for gold, so there’s no shame in finishing second in that kind of race.”
Symmonds, a five-time U.S. champion and two-time Olympian, has been part of the Melaleuca family since 2007 and is an avid fan of Melaleuca’s products. He says that Melaleuca’s Access Bar has been a great addition to his training schedule because it improves the quality of his workouts and provides him with the energy he needs to make it through without feeling tired.