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Ducks: Cole Hocker wins 1500m in wild finish, likely Olympics-bound

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It's not about how you start, it's about how you finish.

Entering the final 150 meters, Oregon Ducks sophomore Cole Hocker trailed reigning Olympic champion, and Oregon Ducks alumni, Matthew Centrowitz in the finals of the 1500 meters. 

Then, Hocker kicked into high gear to surpass Centrowitz and win the race with a time of 3:35.28, just 280 milliseconds shy of the Olympic standard. 

Centrowitz finished with a time of 3:35.34, which was faster than his gold-medal winning time of 3:50.00 at the 2016 Summer Olympics at Rio.

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FloTrack says it's "extremely likely" Hocker will qualify for the Olympics this summer with his victory, with his standing being the "highest among non-standard athletes" and well above the top-45 bubble mark of 1,201 points (Hocker has 1,232 points).