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Canton’s Will Gallant qualifies for the 800 final at Olympic Trials

Canton’s Will Gallant qualifies for the 800 final at Olympic Trials

Canton’s Will Gallant qualifies for the 800 final at Olympic Trials

North Carolina State’s Canton High graduate Will Gallant in 2023. (Photo courtesy of NC State Athletics)

Canton’s Will Gallant qualified Monday for the 800-meter final at the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Gallant finished seventh with a time of 7:56.03, his fastest time in the event this year and his best time since swimming a 7:54.75 at the Tyr Pro Championship meet in Irvine, California last July.

The event’s top eight swimmers earned a spot in Tuesday night’s final. The top two will advance to the Olympic Games with Team USA.

Luke Whitlock, who grew up in Indiana, had the best time in qualifying and won the race in 7:51.22. Defending champion and American record holder Bobby Finke was a close second with a time of 7:51.71.

Gallant swam in the 800-meter final at the 2021 Olympic Trials, finishing fifth with a time of 7:57.97.

2024 US Olympic Trials
In Indianapolis
Men’s 800 meters: Luke Whitlock 7:51.22, 2. Robert Finke 7:51.71, 3. David Johnston 7:52.49, 4. Ross Dant 7:53.78, 5. Luke Ellis, 7:54.26, 6. Daniel Mateson 7:54.97, 7 Will Gallant (Canton) 7:56.03, 8. Sean Green 7:56.47.
Alternatives: Charlie Clark 7:56.63, Carson Hick 7:56.62
REMARK: The best 8 swimmers qualify for Tuesday’s final. The top two finishers on Tuesday will earn a spot on the U.S. Olympic team.