Gruber Wins 1500 in Final Tune-Up

Aug. 9, 2004

Munich, Germany – The U.S. Track and Field squad took advantage of a final dress rehearsal before Athens, when they competed in the “Team Challenge”triangular at Munich’s Olympic Stadium on Sunday. The United States, Germany and France participated in the last track and field event before the 2004 Olympic Games begin on August 18th.

Former Jayhawk star Charlie Gruber was the winner of the men’s 1500 meters at the event with a time of 3:43.89. Gruber took the lead with 600 meters remaining and held off teammate Rob Myers and France’s Kader Chekhemani for the victory. Germany’s Wolfram Müller, owner of a 3:36.17 earlier this year, set the pace for the first half of the race but finished last with a time of 3:53.90.

Gruber’s first 1500 meter Olympic race is scheduled for August 20th at 11:35 a.m. (Lawrence time). The semi-final round will be held on August 22nd at 1:50 p.m. and the finals of the event will take place at 3:40 p.m. on the 24th.